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of the 

Grand Chapter 

of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada 

Seventy-Sixth Annual Convocation 

Brockville, Ontario 

February 27th and 28th, 1934 




From the 
Masonic Library 

Lawrence Runnalls 
St. Catharines 
August 1988 


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in 2012 with funding from 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 

Proceedings of the 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada 

at the 
Seventy-Sixth Annual Convocation 


A. Inv. 

Held in the Masonic Temple 
Brockville, Ontario 

Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 27th and 28th 

A.D. 1934, A. Inv. 2464 

Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved. 


Grand Z., 

Barrie, Ontario 


Grand Scribe E, 
London, Ontario 


Alexander Cowan was born 16th March, 1867, at the Township of 
Innisfil, in the County of Simcoe, where his father settled on arriving 
from Scotland many years ago. 

He obtained his early education at the Public Schools in the said 
Township and in the Barrie Collegiate Institute.. He taught in the 
Public School at Big Bay Point for two years, and then studied law 
and graduated from Osgoode Hall in 1893, and has been practising his 
profession in the Town of Barrie until the present time, being associated 
with the late Hon. Mr. Justice Lennox before the elevation of the latter 
to a Judgeship. 

His Masonic career began on the 5th of September, 1895, when he 
joined Corinthian Lodge, No. 96, Barrie, of which Lodge he is a Past 
Master, and was D.D.G.M. for Georgian District in 1903. He holds 
the record of installing in 1933 the officers of Corinthian Lodge, No. 96, 
Barrie, for 34 successive years. 

He became a member of Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie, on the 12th 
of January, 1897, and is Past First Principal of this Chapter, and was 
Grand Superintendent of Georgian District, No. 9, in 1909. 

Has been Chairman of Committee on Grievances and Appeals of 
both Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter for many years, and is an 
Honourary Life Member of the Board of General Purposes of the Grand 
Lodge of Canada, in the Province of Ontario. 

He is a member 'of Mount Calvary Preceptory Knights Templar, 
No. 12, Barrie, having joined same on the 26th day of March, 1901. 

He is a Past T.P.G.M. of Barrie Lodge of Perfection and a Past 
M.W. Sovereign of Spry Rose Croix Chapter, Barrie, and an Honourary 
Member 33° A. & A.S.R. A member of the Royal Order of Scotland. 

Other fraternal affiliations are with I.O.F., being a Past High Chief 
Ranger for Central Ontario, a Past Grand Chief of the Sons of Scotland, 
and on the Executive Board of the Woodman of the World. Was in- 
terested in Military matters and a member of the Simcoe Foresters 
Battalion with the rank of Lieut.-Colonel. He went overseas with the 
81st Battalion C.E.F. as Jr. Major in the Great War. 

In civic life he was three years Mayor of the Town of Barrie, having 
served for several years in Council, in addition he also served on the 
Public School Board, and is a past Chairman of same. He was a mem- 
ber of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Victoria Hospital, a Past 
President of the Children's Aid Society of the County of Simcoe, and a 
Past President of the Victorian Order of Nurses, Barrie. 

A Presbyterian and a member of the Board of Managers of St. 
Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Barrie, for many years. 

In his school days he was very interested in athletics, particularly as 
a sprinter. 

Most Excellent Cowan assumes the Sceptre of Authority in Grand 
Chapter of Canada with many years of Masonic experience. 

— E. S. 

Grand Z. 



The Seventy-Sixth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was Held 
in the Masonic Temple, George Street, Town of 
Brockville, Ontario, Tuesday and Wednesday, Febru- 
ary 27th and 28th, A.D. 1934, A. Inv. 2464. 


M. Ex. Comp. C W. Haentschel, M.D Grand Z.] 

R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan _.. Grand H. [Grand 


R. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner Grand J.| 


M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Walter Duench Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Thos. J. Holmes Grand Pr. Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Stewart Acting Grand Sr. Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Wallace Scott, M.D Grand Jr. Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. A. A. Birk Acting Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Price Grand Pursuivant 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred. W. Elliott Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies 

Comp. Fred Bellamy Acting Grand Organist 

Ex. Comp. T. W. Cumbers * Grand Outer Guard 

Grand Superintendents 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur E. Loosemore London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert Sterling Clark Wilson " " 3 

R. Ex. Comp. E. M. Wansborough Wellington " " 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry Kirby Oglesby Hamilton " " 5 

R. Ex. Comp. James Edward Keating Huron " " 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. A. Mathieson Toronto E. " " 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Snell _ Toronto W. " " 8a 

R. Ex. Comp. John Wm. O'Dell Ontario " " 10 

R. Ex. Comp. F. M. Dure Prince Edward " " 11 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Ault St. Lawrence " " 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Chris. M. Forbes Ottawa " " 13 

R. Ex. Comp. F. C. J. Foster New Ontario " " 15 

R. Ex. Comp. William J. Fuller _ Temiskaming u " 16 

Past Grand Z.'s. 

Most Ex. Comps. W. N. Ponton, K.C., Walter H. Davis, Kenneth J. 
Dunstan, Edwin Smith, and Walter G. Price, D.D.S. 



A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by 
their qualified officers, the Seventy-sixth Annual Convocation 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was 
opened in Ample Form at 7.30 o'clock p.m. 


R. Ex. Comp. Bernard Cairns, Chairman of the Committee 
on Credentials of Representatives and Proxies from Chapters, 
reported that there were 159 Warranted Chapters on the Roll 
of Grand Chapter, of which 114 were represented by the fol- 
lowing Companions: 

No. 1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, Kingston. 

Ex. Comps. W. J. T. Millard, Z.; E. M. Robinson, J.; R. Ex. 
Comps. W. Y. Mills, H. J. Milne, W. H. Gimblett, W. A. Bear- 
ance; V. Ex. Comp. W. A. Crozier; Ex. Comps. Jas. Leckey, 
H. F. Thompson, F. R. Farley, K. N. H. Cullagh, P.Z.'s. 

No. 3. St. Johns, London. 

Ex. Comp. W. H. Parker, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. 0. Ellwood; Ex. 
Comp. S. McCoy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 4. St. Andrew and St. Johns, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. J. B. Stewart, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. Geo. Slack; V. Ex. 
Comp. W. H. Price, P.Z.'s. 

No. 5. St. George's, London. 

Ex. Comp. C. E. Tickner, Z. 

No. 6. St. John's, Hamilton. 

Ex. Comp. C. R. Lloyd, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. T. H. Hayhurst; V. Ex. 
Comp. L. F. Stephens, P.Z.'s. 

No. 7. The Moira, Belleville. 

Ex. Comps. L. C. Patrick, Z.; J. S. Barber, H.; M. Ex. Comp. 
W. N. Ponton, P.Z. 

No. 8. King Solomon's, Toronto. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. B. Nixon, P.Z. 

No. 15. Watvanosh, Sarnia. 

Ex. Comps. J. R. Brush, Z.; R. E. Stain, P.Z. 

No. 16. Carleton, Ottawa. 

Ex. Comp. W. B. Kelley, Z.; R. Ex. Comps. F. G. Smith, J. J. 
Gardiner, R. S. Simpson, Jno. Gray, P.Z.'s. 

No. 18. Oxford, Woodstock. 

R. Ex. Comp. M. E. Sherwood; Ex. Comp. G. Mather (Proxy), 


No. 19. Mount Moriah, St. Catharines. 

Ex. Comp. F. D. Wilson, Z. 

No. 22. Grenville, Prescott. 

Ex. Comps. C. Martin, H.; A. Johnston, J.; R. Ex. Comps. 

F. W. Elliott, J. W. Ault, J. A. Fleming; V. Ex. Comp. E. A. 

Cook; Ex. Comps. H. G. Whitney, A. G. Ball, A. I. Lane, 

No. 23. Ezra, Simcoe. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. M. McGuire, P.Z. 

No. 26. St. Mark's, Trenton. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Mclntyre, P.Z. 

No. 31. Prince Edward, Picton. 

Ex. Comp. W. E. Scott, Z. 

No. 32. Waterloo, Gait. 

Ex. Comps. F. G. Smith, J.; T. W. Rutherford, Q. A. Wright, 

No. 34. Signet, Barrie. 

Ex. Comp. J. C. Monkman, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. A. Cowan, P.Z. 

No. 35. Keystone, Whitby. 

Ex. Comps. J. R. Frost, Z.; D. J. McGillivray, J. 

No. 36. Corinthian, Peterboro. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. A. Logan (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 37. Victoria, Port Hope. 

R. Ex. Comp, J. W. Odell (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 40. Gtielph, Guelph. 

Ex. Comp. W. G. VanNorman, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. J. F. Marr; 
Ex. Comp. G. M. Binks, P.Z.'s. 

No. 41. Harris, Ingersoll. 

Ex. Comp. V. Wilson, Z.; R. Ex. Comps. R. H. Reid, R. S. 

Clark, P.Z.'s. 

No. 44. Mount Sinai, Napanee. 

Ex. Comps. L. B. Mellow, Z.; W. T. MacKenzie, P.Z. 

No. 45. Excelsior, Colbourne. 

Ex. Comp. Rev. T. McKim, P.Z. 

No. 48. St. John's, Cobourg. 

Ex. Comp. A. E. Harris, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Odell, P.Z. 

No. 53. Bruce, Petrolia. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Loosmore (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 54. Palestine, St. Thomas. 

Ex. Comp. S. H. Berry, Z. 


No. 55. Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

R. Ex. Camp. E. H. Brennan (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 56. Georgian, Owen Sound. 

Ex. Comp. E. L. Vanstone (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 57. King Hiram, Port Colborne. 

V. Ex. Comp. C. Sheppard (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 58. Pembroke, Mattawa. 

M. Ex. Comp. Dr. C. W. Haentschel (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 59. Sussex, Brockville. 

Ex. Comps. A. E. Seamart, Z.; A. I. Munro, H.; W. J. Leonard, 
J.; H. B. Smith, W. F. Chapman, G. E. Board, F. J. Edwards, 
W. G. Kennedy, C. R. Fulford, W. Lee, J. W. Mitchell, H. L. 
Bishop, C. H. Baker, C. A. Beattie, H. F. Vandusen, T. H. 
Guest; V. Ex. Comps. W. Root, G. K. Dewey; R. Ex. Comp. 
C. W. McLean, P.Z.'s. 

No. 60. Doric, 'Newmarket. 

Ex. Comp. J. G. Muir, P.Z. 

No. 61. Granite, Almonte. 

Ex. Comps. F. J. Patterson (Proxy), W. M. Johnston, P.Z.'s. 

No. 63. Havelock, Kincardine. 

Ex. Comp. T. M. Rutherford, Z. 

No. 64. Wills'On, Welland. 

R. Ex. Comp. G. E. French (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 6b. St. Paul's, Toronto. 

M. Ex. Comp, K. J. Dunstan; R. Ex. Comp. M. R. Griffith; 
V. Ex. Comp. W. A. Scott, P.Z.'s. 

No. 66. The Malloch, Seaforth. 

R. Ex. Comps. J. E. Keating Proxy), H. G. Meir, P.Z.'s. 

No. 67. Enterprise, Palmerston. 

Ex. Comps. J. F. Edwards Proxy), R. G. Barton, P.Z.'s. 

No. 68. Maitland, North Augusta. 

V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Wilson Z.; Ex. Comp. R. Cavanagh, P.Z. 

No. 72. Keystone, Stirling. 

Ex. Comp. C. R. Bastedo, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. T. W. Solmes, 

No. 74. Beaver, Strathroy. 

Ex. Comp. S. Swales, Z. 

No. 76. Mount Nebo, Niagara. 

Ex. Comp. B. G. Gibbs, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. G. E. French; V. Ex. 
Comp. C. H. Sheppard, P.Z.'s. 


No. 77. Occident, Toronto. 

Ex. Comps. W. J. Damp, Jr., Z.; H. Smith, H.; J. A. Gravley, 
W. J. Sprinks, A. Green, J. W. Burden; R. Ex. Comp. J. W. 
Lawrence; V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick, P.Z.'s. 

No. 79. Orient, Toronto. 

Ex. Comps. G. H. Wright, Z.; Thos. McDonald, A. H. Jones, 

No. 82. Shuniah, Port Arthur. 

Ex. Comp. T. J. Dyer, Z. 

No. 90. Golden, Kenora. 

Ex. Comp. Jno. Burden (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 91. Antiquity, Toronto. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Burnett (Proxy) ; V. Ex. Comp. W". J. 
Armstrong, P.Z.'s. 

No. 94. Midland, Lindsay. 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. L. Davidson (Provy), P.Z. 

No. 95. Tuscan, Sudbury. 

Ex. Comp. R. S. Scott, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Warwick, P.Z. 

No. 100. St. Lawrence, Brockville. 

Ex. Comps. N. E. Farrow, Z.; W. E. Drummond, H.; P. C. 
Ellis, J.; C. H. Bell, H. A. Hanson, G. G. Grothier, K. Moxley, 
A. D. Cann, F. Bellamy, E. A. Geiger, G. W. Morrison; R. Ex. 
Comps. C. T. Wilkinson, H. Borthwick; Ex. Comps. T. W. 
Cumbers, A. A. Birks, H. E. Gardiner, P.Z.'s. 

No. 102. Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie. 

Ex. Comp. W. J. Hazelwood, Z. 

No. 103. St. John's, North Bay. 

Ex. Comp. H. E. Ward, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. F. C. J. Foster, P.Z. 

No. 112. St. John's Morrisburg. 

R. Ex. Comps. Will C. Davy (Proxy), E. W. Marsh, P.Z.'s. 

No. 113. Covenant, Cornwall. 

Ex. Comps. A. Mitchell, Z.; H. E. Meadd, J. H. Shaver, H. G. 
Bigelow, P.Z.'s. 

No. 114. Bonnechere, Renfrew. 

R. Ex. Comps. J. Conley (Proxy), J. P. Morrison, P.Z.'s. 

No. 115. Brant, Paris. 

Ex. Comp. J. W. Woolsey, Z. 

No. 116. Maple, Carleton Place. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. L. McGregor (Proxy), P.Z. 


No. 117. Kitchener, Kitchener. 

R. Ex. Comps. W. J. Duench (Proxy), Wm. Downing, P.Z.'s. 

No. 119. King Cyrus, Leamington. 

Ex. Corop. R. Hillier (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 132. Leeds, Gananoque. 

Ex. Comps. B. J. Davisi, Z.; A. Harris, P.Z. 

No. 133. St. Francis, Smiths Falls. 

Ex. Comps. W. Dryden, Z.; C. Dowsett, H.; G. A. Phillips, J.; 
R. Hawkin, A. L. McGregor, P.Z.'s. 

No. 134. King Darius, Cannington. 

Ex. Comp. W. Abbott (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 135. Succoth, Uxbridge. 

R. Ex. Comp. V. M. Hare (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 138. Shekinah, Toronto. 

Ex. Comps. J. Ferguson, Z.; W. H. McMilla; R. Ex. Comp. 
E. A. Snell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 139. St. Andrews, Havelock. 

Ex. Comp. A. Graham, Z. 

No. 144. Presu 'He, Brighton. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. M. Dure (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 145. The St. Patrick, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. E. N. Compton, Z.; R. Ex. Comps. Dr. Mathieson 
(Proxy), B. Cairns, F. G. McLean; Ex. Comp. E. E. Reid, 

No. 147. Lucknow, Lucknow. 

Ex. Comps. W. A. Porteous (Proxy), J. W. Joynt, P.Z.'s. 

No. 150. London, London. 

Ex. Comp. W. T. C. Carter, Z. 

No. 151. Laurentian, Pembroke. 

Ex. Comp. Dr. V. G. Tairo, Z. 

No. 153. Sombra, Wallaceburg. 

Ex. Comp. W. G. Laing, Z. 

No. 154. Klondike, Dawson, Y.T. 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 155. Ancaster, Ancaster. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. K. Oglesby (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 161. Madoc, Modoc. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Hill (Proxy), P.Z. 


No. 163. The Beaches, Toronto. 

R. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 169. Temiskaming, New Liskeard. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Fuller (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 175. The Hamilton, Hamilton. 

M. Ex. Comp. W. H. Davis; V. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephenson, 

No. 184. Hugh Murray, Bridg eburg . 

Ex. Comp. J. A. Spencer (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 185. Toronto, Toronto. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. G. Meir; Ex. Comps. T. R. Hughes (Proxy), 
D. Coleman, P.Z.'s. 

No. 195. Peel, Brampton. 

R. Ex. Comps. R. W. Lowry (Proxy), R. V. Conover; V. Ex. 
Comp. P. H. Moorhead; Ex. Comps. C. R. Magee, J. Davidson, 

No. 198. Couchiching, Orillia. 

Ex. Comp. H. C. Skinner (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 203. Cobalt, Cobalt. 

Ex. Comp. F. J. Hill, Z. 

No. 205. Victoria, Thornhill. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. H. Lang (Proxy); Ex. Comp. C. E. Hill, 

No. 210. Kitchener, Russell. 

Ex. Comps. W. C. Pescod, L. W. Latimer, P.Z.'s. 

No. 2] 2. Mount Sinai, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. Mark L. Levy, Z. 

No. 213. Northern Light, Timmins. 

Ex. Comp. Geo. Jones, P.Z. 

No. 214. Vimy, Inwood. 

Ex. Comp. Lome Elliott, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Loosmore, 

No. 215. Mimico, Mimico. 

Ex. Comps. J. L. Maude, H.; W. L. Penton, P.Z. 

No. 217. St. Alban's, Toronto. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 218. Prince Edward, Shelburne. 

Ex. Comp. J. C. Stoddart, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. E. M. Wansbrough, 


No. 219. Ulster, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. D. Coleman (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 220. Lebanon, Lambton Mills. 

V. Ex. Comp. J. F. Molloy (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 222. Ottawa, Ottawa. 

Ex. Comps. S. F. Smith, Z.; J. T. Jackson; V. Ex. Comp. J. 
Anderson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 224. Keystone, Hamilton. 

V. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 225. Beaver, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. J. S. Pickard, Z., W. Anderson; M. Ex. Comps. 
K. J. Dunstan; R. Ex. Comps. B. Cairns, H. A. Miller, P.Z.'s. 

No. 226. Prince of Wales, Perth. 

R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Forbes; Ex. Comps. W. Kinloch (Proxy), 
H. A. Dunne, A. H. McLaren, P.Z.'s, 

No. 227. Quinte Friendship, Belleville. 

Ex. Comp. A. E. Barlow, Z. 

No. 230. Port Credit, Port Credit. 

M. Ex. Comp. W. G. Price; V. Ex. Comps. W. E. Miller 
(Proxy), C. H. Burgess, P.Z.'s. 

No. 231. The St. Clair, Toronto. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. A. Gray, P.Z. 

No. 234, Halton, Georgetown. 

R. Ex. Comps. H. G. Meir, J. F. Marr, P.Z.'s. 

No. 238, The St. Andrew, London. 

R. Ex. Comps. W. L. Stewart, T. J. Holmes (Proxy), P.Z.'s. 

No. 241. University, Toronto. 

R. Ex. Comp. C. H. C. Wright; Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy, 

No. 242. St. Paul's, Lambeth. 

Ex. Comp. W. L. Stewart (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 243. McKay, Stoney Creek. 

R. Ex. Comp, S. S. Forbes (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 244. Cochrane, Cochrane. 

Ex. Comp. J. A. Foster, Z. 

No. 245. Preston, Preston. 

Ex. Comps. J. Parkinson, Z.; M. H. Smith, P.Z. 


No. 246. Humber, Weston. 

Ex. Comp. Fred Fisher, Z.; R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Armstrong:; 
V. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, P.Z.'s. 

No. 247. Nilestown, Nilestown. 

Ex. Comps. Morris Lansdell, Z.; J. Watt, P.Z. 

No. 248. Dochert, Arnprior. 

R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Forbes (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 249. Palestine, Boivmanville. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. C. Hoar; Ex. Comp. J. Baker (Proxy), P.Z.'s. 

No. 251. Kirkland, Kirkland Lake. 

Ex. Comp. Geo. Ginn, P.Z. 

No. 252. Hiawatha, Sarnia. 

Ex. Comp. J. H. Coleman, Z. 

No. 253. Regal, Port Dover. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. M. McGuire, P.Z. 


No. 2. The Hiram, Hamilton. 

No. 20. Mount Horeb, Brantford. 

No. 24. Tecumseh, Stratford. 

No. 27. Manitou, Collingwood. 

No. 28. Pentalpha, Oshawa. 

No. 29. McCallum, Dunnville. 

No. 30. Huron, Goderich. 

No. 46. St. James, St. Marys. 

No. 47. Wellington, Chatham. 

No. 62. York, Toronto. 

No. 69. Grimsby, Grimsby. 

No. 70. Grand River, Bracebridge. 

No. 71. Prince of Wales, Amherstburg. 

No. 73. Erie, Ridgetown. 

No. 75. St. Clair, Milton. 

No. 78. Minnewawa, Parkhill. 

No. 80. Ark, Windsor. 

No. 81. Aylmer, Aylmer. 

No. 83. Ionoc, Orangeville. 

No. 84. Lenbanon, Wingham. 

No. 86. Macpherson, Meaford. 

No. 88. MacNabb, Dresden. 

No. 104. White Oak, Oakville. 

No. 110. Warkworth, Warkworth. 

No. 129. Elliott, Mitchell. 

No. 130. Chantry, Southampton. 

No. 131. Amabel, Wiarton. 

No. 140. Fort William, Fort William. 

No. 143. Glengarry, Maxville. 

No. 146. Bernard, Listowell. 

No. 148. St. John's, Vankleek Hill. 


No. 149. Atwood, Rainy River. 

No. 152. Alberton, Fort Francis. 

No. 164. Lome, West Lome. 

No. 167. Kichikewana, Midland. 

No. 168. Ionic, Camipbellford. 

No. 221. Durham, Durham. 

No. 223. Abitibi, Iroquois Falls. 

No. 232. King Cyrus, Toronto. 

No. 233. Oakwood, Toronto. 

No. 235. Aurora, Aurora. 

No. 236. Caledonia, Caledonia. 

No. 239. Blenheim, Blenheim. 

No. 240. Smithville, Smithville. 

No. 250. Thomas Peters', Windsor. 

Fifty-eight Chapters were represented by regular officers; 
fifty-six were represented by Past Z.'s and proxys; total 
Chapters represented one hundred and fourteen. There were 
257 delegates registered, having a total vote of 509. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Bernard Cairns, Chairman. 
W. J. Armstrong, 
W. G. Anderson, 

F. J. Edwards, 
Chas. L. Davidson, 

G. G. Grothier, 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. B. Cairns, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Credentials and 
Representatives be received and adopted. 


The following distinguished guests were in attendance and 
introduced to the delegates. 

By R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills: 

Grand Chapter of Quebec — R. Ex. Comp. Chas. O'Neil, 
Grand H. ; R. Ex. Comp. Walter Williamson, Grand Scribe E,, 
and Past Supreme Grand Master of Sovereign Great Priory 
of Canada. 

By M. Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton: 

Grand Chapter of New York — R. Ex. Comp. George E. 
Francis, Grand King. 

By M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith: 

Grand Chapter of Ohio — M. Ex. Comp: Henry Gruen, Past 
Grand High Priest. 

By M. Ex. Comp. K. J. Dunstan: 


Grand Chapter of New Jersey — M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Godfrey 
Pettis, Past Grand High Priest. 

By R. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner: 

Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada, in the Province of 
Ontario— R.W. Bro. A. J. Anderson, K.C., M.P., Deputy Grand 
Master, and M.W. Bro. R. B. Dargavel, Past Grand Master 
and Superior of Benevolence. 


His Worship the Mayor, Companion Don Lewis, was in- 
troduced by V. Ex. Comp. A. A. Birk, and expressed him- 
self as follows: 

It is a privilege and an honour to appear at this import- 
ant gathering of Royal Arch Masons on behalf of the citizens 
of Brockville to bid you a formal welcome to this Town. The 
citizens of Brockville are indeed fortunate to have their Town 
selected as the place for your annual gathering. 

The Masonic Order has long been established in this Com- 
munity and is held in high regard by all classes and creeds 
of our citizenship. The leaders in Masonry in the past years 
have had the inspiration to build an organization which is 
above reproach. At the same time they have provided for 
use of that Organization a Temple of which all the citizens 
are proud. 

We certainly hope that the work of the Order and the de- 
liberations of your Convocation in Brockville will be success- 
ful. In your spare moments and your periods of leisure and 
entertainment, we wish that you would take every advantage 
of the facilities of our Town and make yourselves as one of 
us during your sojourn. We would feel very happy if every 
visitor here on this occasion would be made to feel absolutely 
at home. On behalf of the citizens I therefore ask you all to 
presume that each and every one of the residents of Brock- 
ville is delighted at your presence here and is anxious to do 
something for you if they but have the opportunity. 

The results that we all hope to obtain is that as time 
goes on, you look upon your Convocation in Brockville that 
you will remember the spirit of hospitality and that you will 
be always looking forward to the next occasion you may have 
for visiting this Town. 

I therefore extend to you a most hearty welcome and wish 
for you every pleasure and enjoyment. If we can do anything 
to be of service and help to that end, call upon us. 

Thanks was extended to his Worship, on behalf of Grand 
Chapter for his hearty words of welcome. 



Brockville, February 27, 1934. 
To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal Officers 
and Members of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada: 

As District Superintendent of St. Lawrence District, No. 
12, it gives me the greatest pleasure to join in welcoming the 
Companions of Grand Chapter to this town and district. I 
sincerely hope that your stay in our midst may give you both 
profit and pleasure to the fullest extent of the term and if 
there is anything any of the Companions of Brockville or 
district can do to make your visit more pleasant we await 
your commands. 

Feel perfectly free to call upon us in any and every 
possible way. Brockville and St. Lawrence District are full 
of historical interest as well as beauty. It is our regret that 
Grand Chapter is convened at this season of the year as we 
would very much like to have shown you the world-famous 
Thousand Islands and the innumerable beautiful lakes only a 
few miles from our midst. 

In this town and district are to be found the oldest 
Chapter (Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, No. 1, at King- 
ston), the oldest Sunday School in Canada, the First 
Presbyterian in Brockville; the oldest Orange Lodge; the 
oldest Odd Fellows' Lodge and the third oldest Masonic Lodge 
on the present register of Grand Lodge. 

Nine miles from here and three miles west of Prescott is 
to be found the grave of the Pioneer of Methodism in Canada, 
Barbar Heck. In Prescott we have the only grain elevator 
between Kingston and Montreal, and for historical remem- 
brance we should be happy to show you Fort Wellington the 
scene of the Battle of the Windmill. 

For our Masonic history, we are particularly proud of the 
fact that Ziba M. Phillips, one of the outstanding pioneers of 
our great fraternity, is buried in Reid's cemetery about six 
miles from Brockville. A tablet to his memory is on the 
walls of St. Peter's Church in this town and we would suggest 
your visiting that old and most interesting church and from 
the tablet learn something of the achievements of this dis- 
tinguished Brother of the Craft. 

Companions, on behalf of the Chapters of St. Lawrence 
District, No. 12, I extend to you a most hearty welcome. 

James W. Ault, 

Grand Superintendent. 


The Grand Z. on behalf of Grand Chapter thanked R. Ex. 
Comp. Dr. Ault for the welcome extended. 

The M. Ex. Grand Z. announced that all Royal Arch 
Masons in good standing, and properly vouched for, would as 
visitors be admitted during the sessions of Grand Chapter. 


The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of 
the Proceedings of the Seventy-fifth Annual Convocation, 
held in the City of London, Wednesday and Thursday, Febru- 
ary 22nd and 23rd, 1933, when it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. 
Alex. Cowan, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, 
and — 

Resolved, — That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, 
held Wednesday and Thursday, February 22nd and 23rd, 1933, have 
been printed and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Juris- 
diction, the recorded minutes be considered as read, and the same is 
now confirmed. 


The M. Ex. the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe E. to 
call the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Chapters when 
they assembled before the Altar. The following Grand Repre- 
sentatives answered their names: 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Lawrence Alabama 

R. " " Fred. W. Elliott - Arkansas 

V. " " Chas. H. Burgess California 

R. " " Harvey Milne _ * Connecticut 

R. " " George W. Slack Delaware 

M. " " W. N. Ponton Georgia 

R. " " W. Y. Mills ... Louisiana 

R. " " M. E. Sherwood Maine 

R. " " R. H. Reid - Manitoba 

M. " " W. G. Price Michigan 

R. " " Oliver Ellwood Minnesota 

R. " " A. Arthur Gray Mississippi 

R. " " John F. Marr Nevada 

M. " " Walter H. Davis New Hampshire 

M. " " K. J. Dunstan _ - New Jersey 

M. " " C. W. Haentschel New York 

R. " " George L. Gardiner North Dakota 

M. " " Edwin Smith Ohio 

R. " " John J. Gardiner Oregon 

R. " " Bernard Cairns - - Saskatchewan 

R. " " James B. Little — South Carolina 

R. " " Wm. Downing - South Dakota 

R. " " V. M. Hare Utah 

R. " " J. B. Nixon - - _ Vermont 


V. Ex. Comp. Sydney J. Newdick Victoria 

R. " ' A S. S. Forbes Washington- 

R. " Alexander Cowan West Virginia 

R. " " Howard E. Meadd - Wyoming 

The Grand Z. welcomed the twenty-eight various Grand 
Representatives in suitable terms. 

Grand Honours having been accorded, the Grand Repre- 
sentatives took seats on the dais, and then M. Ex. Comp. 
Chas. W. Haentschel presented the following address: 


To the Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada: 

Companions, — Once again the wheels of Time, have com- 
pleted another circuit, and we stand on the threshold of a com- 
pleted year, to survey the past, and to make our plans for the 

To those faithful Companions, who have laboured in the 
vineyard of the Royal Craft, on previous Convocations of this 
Grand Body, and who are with us again on this occasion, I 
tender my sincere thanks, and express the hope that they may 
be spared many years, to display their loyalty and devotion to 
Grand Chapter. To those who are here for the first time, I bid 
a hearty welcome. May their stay be pleasant and profitable, 
and may they make many journeys to future Convocations. 

The hospitality of the Town of Brockville is well known to 
me. Without going into any details, I may just be permitted 
to state, that I had the privilege of enjoying it in the latter 
part of June, 1867, for a period of nearly three days. Then, as 
now, these traditions have been handed down, and courtesy, 
kindness and generousness have ever been in the vanguard. 

Departed Companions. 

The Committee on Fraternal Dead will no doubt give you a 
report in detail, but there are several whose names I should 
like to especially mention. 

M. Ex. Grand High Priest George W. Vallery, Past Grand 
High Priest of the Grand Chapter of the United States of 
America. Most Ex. Companion Vallery has held every Office 
first in his native state and afterwards in both the Grand Chap- 
ter, as above indicated, as well as that of the Grand Encamp- 
ment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. 


Details of his activities are not at hand, but it is known that he 
was not only revered but loved by the many thousands of the 
Masons of our Sister Jurisdiction. 

Our heads are bowed in profound sympathy with those of 
our Brethren and Companions across the line. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Hugh Tudhope : Born in Oro Town- 
ship, December 30th, 1863, of Scottish pioneer ancestry, the 
family moved shortly thereafter to Orillia, where his whole life 
was spent. He first saw the light of Masonry in April, 1885, 
was W.M. of Orillia Lodge, No. 192, in 1896, and D.D.G.M. of 
his District in 1916, and served on the Board of General Pur- 
poses for many years. In Capitular Masonry, he served 
Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, in 1915, as First Principal, and 
was elected Grand Superintendent of his District in 1918. 

He was a Knights Templar, being Knighted in Mount Cal- 
vary Preceptory, Barrie, in 1902. He was a 33 degree Scottish 
Rite Mason, as well as a member of Rameses Temple of the 
Mystic Shrine. A devoted father, a loyal citizen, a friend of 
all. It is well written when it is stated that "Freemasonry in 
Ontario is vastly poorer through his passing." 

The heartfelt sympathy of this Grand Chapter, goes out to 
those who are left to mourn his loss. 

V. Ex. Comp. Ashton G. Fletcher: During the Session of 
Grand Chapter at London last year, this worthy Companion's 
name was submitted to me for some appointment. Being made 
acquainted with the noble qualities, of this wonderfully quiet, 
yet active member, I had very great pleasure to accede to the 
request. But, unfortunately, he did not long survive the 
appointment, passing to the great beyond, on the 2nd of March, 
just ten days afterwards. The many kind references by his 
many friends are touchingly sympathetic. 

Three other names have an honoured place here. R. Ex. 
Companions Frank W. Haynes, of Kirkland Lake, representing 
Colorado ; R. Ex. Comp. John Graham, representing Kentucky, 
and R. Ex. Comp. Edward J. Repath, representing Wyoming. 
These worthy Companions were all well known to me, and I 
can testify to their worth to the Royal Craft. 

To the friends here named, as well as to the friends of all 
our Companions, who have answered the last call, whether 
resident under our Jurisdiction or in Sister Grand Bodies, our 
sympathies go forth, and our prayers ascend to the Most High, 
that He may succor, and console them, with the thought, that 
He knows best, and that all is done in accordance with His 
Divine will. 


Grand Chapter Officers. 

On the 28th of February, 1933, I had the pleasure of nam- 
ing M. Ex. Comp. W. G. Price, R. Ex. Comp. Morgan R. Grif- 
fith, and R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Burnett, a committee to secure for 
this Grand Chapter suitable quarters for as long a term of 
years as reasonably possible. Their labours were consummated 
in quick order. Room 712, in the Temple Building, was ob- 
tained for a period of five years, at a very satisfactory rental, 
and a lease was duly executed by Grand Chapter for that- 

During the past year I had the pleasure of visiting the 
following Chapters: — 

Temiskaming, No. 169, New Liskeard, on which occasion I 
had the pleasure of installing R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Fuller, Grand 
Superintendent of Temiskaming District, No. 16. 

Bonchere, No. 114, Renfrew. April 11th. 

Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior. April 12th. 

Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth. April 13th. 

Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa. May 2nd. 

Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterborough. May 3rd. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg. May 4th. 

Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie. June 2nd. 

Klondyke Chapter, No. 154, Dawson City. Aug. 29th. 

MacPherson Chapter, No. 86, Meaford, Oct. 3rd. 

Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood, Oct. 4th. 

Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton. Oct. 5th. 

Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound. Oct. 6th. 

Grenville Chapter, No. 22. Prescott. Oct. 9th. 

Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall. Oct. 10th. 

Beaver Chapter, No. 225, Toronto. Oct. 11th. 

Grand River Chapter, No. 70, Bracebridge. Oct. 25th. 

Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia. Oct. 26th. 

Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Midland. Oct. 27th. 

St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, Toronto. Nov. 8th. 

Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169 and Cobalt Chapter, No. 
203, New Liskeard and Cobalt, respectively, at a joint recep- 
tion at Haileybury, Nov. 17th. 

Cochrane Chapter, No. 244, Cochrane. Dec. 5th. 

Mimico Chapter, No. 215, Mimico. Jan. 3rd, 1934. 

Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins. Jan. 17th. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 103, North Bay. Jan. 26th. 

Let me say that at every Convocation above mentioned, I 
was graciously received, and heartily welcomed. Loyalty to 
the Royal Craft was in evidence everywhere, harmony pre- 


vailed, and general optimism seemed to be the outstanding 
condition. It is true, that additions were rather meagre, but 
the feeling seemed to prevail, that there was a better time 

But while summarizing the general trend of affairs, I would 
indeed be remiss did I not in a small way, make special men- 
tion of several functions which I had the pleasure to attend. 

Klondyke, No. 154, Dawson City. Having been honoured 
by Great Priory last August, in my election of Supreme Grand 
Master, I deemed it well that I should visit this distant Chap- 
ter. Accordingly, I left home on the 13th of August, and 
finally arrived there on the 26th. The members were extremely 
kind, and I had the pleasure of officially visiting both the Chap- 
ter and the Preceptory there. There was an added pleasure in 
store for me, as the M.W. the Grand Master of British Colum- 
bia, M.W. Bro. Andrew Henderson, was likewise on an official 
visit there at the time. He was tendered a reception on the 
evening of the 28th, at which I was invited to participate. He 
likewise dedicated a new hall, which had recently been pre- 
pared, at which function I was likewise enabled to take part. 
During my stay among them I was informed that I had the 
honour of being the First Grand Principal and the First Su- 
preme Grand Master who ever visited them. Their loyalty 
knew no bounds, and their fealty to this Grand Chapter was 
given an impetus, which I feel will continue for many years. 

May I dare make mention of one matter, which I feel 
should be righted. The representative of this Grand Chapter 
has always been designated Ex. Companion. I feel that 
while he has in the past been appointed by the Grand First 
Principal, yet he functions the same as the elected Grand 
Superintendents here, and while having one Chapter to report 
on, he yet functions as do our officers here. I feel, that he 
might very properly be entitled to the rank of R. Ex. To that 
end in view, I requested while there that for the incoming 
representative they regularly elect him by a majority vote of 
the officers, who would be entitled to vote, if they were in one 
of the local districts. This they have done, and the name has 
been transmitted to me on a regular card and I should like to 
hope that He be given the regular rank of R. Ex. in our 

Beaver Chapter, No. 225, Toronto, always makes it a point 
to have a wonderful turn out on the occasion of the visit of the 
Grand Z., and this year was no exception to the rule. Their 
work was excellent, their entertainment was superb, and the 


rest I cannot and dare not mention ; suffice to say, more than 
could be desired or expected. 

St. Paul's, No. 65, Toronto. This was a memorable even- 
ing for this wonderful Chapter. The occasion being the con- 
summation of the privilege granted them at the previous Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter, namely the conferring the honour 
of Past First Principal on Ex. Comp. J. A. Rowland. All 
was happiness and enthusiasm. 

It has frequently been said "that a prophet is not without 
honour save in his own country." The contrary was much in 
evidence at the gathering at Haileybury, when Temiskaming, 
No. 169, and Cobalt, No. 203, joined hands to tender me a 
reception. It would have done the members of this Grand 
Chapter good to have seen the occasion. 

The same may be said of Cochrane, No. 244 ; Timmins, No. 
213, and last but by no means least, by St. John's, No. 103, 
North Bay. Each seemed to vie with the other to outdo one 
another, and the memories, shall, and will linger for many 
years, as one of the many bright spots in my Masonic career. 

On March 21st, last year, accompanied by M. Ex. Comp. K. 
J. Dunstan, I had the pleasure of accepting an invitation from 
the Grand Chapter of Quebec. True to the traditions of this 
wonderfully hospitable Province, we were very royally enter- 
tained. The business of the Convocation was entirely routine, 
and nothing transpired, beyond the regular business necessary 
to be transacted. 

On the 8th of December last, M. Ex. Comp. Dunstan kindly 
journeyed to Philadelphia to represent this Grand Chapter at 
their Quarterly Convocation of the Grand Holy Royal Arch 
Chapter of Pennsylvania. He reported a wonderful gathering, 
several open functions were graced by a large assemblage of 
ladies. The business of the Convocation was entirely routine. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. W. Williamson, of the Grand Chapter of 
Quebec, very kindly extended the greetings of this Grand 
Chapter on my behalf to the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts 
at Boston last fall. 

Many other invitations were received from Sister Jurisdic- 
tions of States to the south of us, but I was regretfully com- 
pelled to decline. In this particular, I desire more especially to 
mention that from our nearby neighbour, the Grand Chapter 
of the State of New York. 

The representative of this Grand Chapter near the Grand 
Chapter of Delaware very kindly wrote, stating that he had 


been requested by the M. Ex. the Grand High Priest of that 
Grand Chapter to convey the greetings of that Grand Body and 
extending fecilicitations to our Grand Chapter. I suitably 
replied on your behalf. 

Grand Superintendents. 

As outlined in my address last year, my Superintendents 
were again all that could be wished for. That, at least, is the 
report coming in. I visited the remaining two Districts, and 
[ can testify that their efforts were untiring, and I am con- 
strained to feel that, given just a little let up, of the present 
conditions, the Royal Craft will again flourish. 

Re-arrangement of Districts. 

After the Convocation of last year I made enquiries and, 
indeed, named a Committee, to report to me, where, if any, 
change might advantageously be made. This committee have 
evidently nothing to report, so that it is presumed all is well. 

Financial Condition. 

It is pleasing to be able to report, that the financial condi- 
tion of Grand Chapter is in an excellent position, and while I 
feel that ordinary revenue will not suffice to take care of all 
expenditures, although all details are not before me at this 
writing, yet I feel that there is no occasion to worry. 

During the past year I sanctioned the purchase of $2,500.00 
Canadian National Bonds, due February 1st, 1954. These are 
guaranteed by the Federal Government. The price paid was 
$2,542.50, bearing interest at the rate of 5%, these will yield 
4.92%. Also the purchase of $3,000.00 Dominion of Canada 
Conversion Loan Bonds, due Nov. 1st, 1958; cost, $2,927.50, 
rate of interest 4>^%, thus yielding 4.68%. 

Grand Chapter has now securities totalling $88,500.00, at a 
total cost of $89,823.70. Details of which will appear in the 
Grand Treasurer's Report. 

In this connection it may be stated that directly after the 
last Convocation I had a letter from M. Ex. Comp. Geo. Moore, 
asking that he be now relieved of the custody of our securities. 
I therefore wrote M. Ex. Comp. W. G. Price to journey to 
Hamilton to take them over and asked him to ask M. Ex. Comp. 
Smith to accompany him. They were allowed to remain tem- 
porarily at Hamilton, but have since been removed to Toronto, 
where they are deposited in a safety box. 


Grand Representatives. 

I had the pleasure of recommending for appointment, as 
Grand Representatives, to represent the Grand Chapters 
named near the Grand Chapter of Canada, the following 
Companions: — 

Colorado — R. Ex. Comp. Albert Edward Bryson, Toronto, 

Kentucky — R. Ex. Comp. Rev. A. Stanley Cree, Dover, Ont. 

Wyoming — Ex. Comp. Howard E. Meadd, Cornwall, Ont. 

And approved the appointment of Ex. Comp. Archie S. 
Haven, to represent this Grand Chapter near the Grand Chap- 
ter of Vermont, U.S.A. 

During the year I approved of the By-laws of — 
Cochrane Chapter, No. 244, Cochrane. Ont. 
And amendments to the By-Laws of the following 
Chapters — 

Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, No. 1, Kingston, Ont. 

Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford, Ont. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 6, Hamilton, Ont. 

Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait, Ont. 

Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby, Ont. 

Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope, Ont. 

Wilson Chapter, No. 64, Welland, Ont. 

Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby, Ont. 

St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton, Ont. 

Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill, Ont. 

Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville, Ont. • 

Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora, Ont. 

Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

Warkwork Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth, Ont. 

Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener, Ont. 

MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden, Ont. 

King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, Leamington, Ont. 

Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, Toronto, Ont. 

Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow, Ont. 

Attwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainey River, Ont. 

London Chapter, No. 150, London, Ont. 

Alberton Chapter, No. 152, Fort Francis, Ont. 

Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome, Ont. 

Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt, Ont. 

Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, Toronto, Ont. 

Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins, Ont.. 

Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Alvinston, Ont. 

Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, Lambton Mills, Ont. 


Beaver Chapter, No. 225, Toronto, Ont. 

King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, Toronto, Ont. 

Thomas Peters Chapter. No. 250, Walkerville, Ont. 

In this regard I have to report that, while each Chapter was 
quite within its rights, yet I regretted very much that quite a 
number of the requests were for the purpose of reducing the 
initiation fees. To my mind, this ought not to be. Indeed, in 
many cases, I have felt that the joining fee was altogether too 
low. It were much better to increase the annual dues so as to 
be able to carry on. 


Ninety-four Dispensations were requested and granted, as 
follows : 

16 for permission to attend Divine Service. 
9 for permission to advance Officers. 

4 for permission to dispense holding Convocations during the 
summer months. 
29 to change date and hour of Regular Convocations. 
4 for the purpose of conferring all the degrees at one 

7 for the purpose of holding At Homes and social functions. 
4 for the purpose of holding Emergent Convocations. 
1 to permit the holding of a meeting in a Dedicated Lodge 
Room, but not the Chapter Room. 
18 for the purpose of electing and installing officers at other 
than Regular Convocation. 
1 to permit the changing the place of meeting. 
1 Accepting an application from another jurisdiction. 

In connection with one "permitting the changing of the 
place of meeting." This application came from Keystone, No. 
224, Hamilton. Their request stated, that in order for them to 
carry on, they would have to secure a cheaper place, in so far 
as rental was concerned. At first, they asked that they be per- 
mitted to temporarily meet in a room not dedicated for Masonic 
purposes. The condition appeared urgent, but in order to 
delve down to the very bottom, I consulted a very devoted 
Royal Arch man there, asking that he make full enquiries, and 
report. His recommendation was that it evidently should be 
granted for a limited time, in order to allow them to get on 
their feet again. Accordingly I granted permission for one 
year, as from July 1st, 1933. I am happy to report, however, 
that they secured dedicated quarters, and are at present 
housed in a regularly dedicated Lodge Room. 

In connection with the last named Dispensation, it was 
reported to me that applications were being accepted from 


another jurisdiction, without the consent of that Grand Body. 
I ordered that they must first make application in the regular 
manner for permission to accept such a candidate. This was 
done, and the matter was regularly adjusted. I may draw the 
attention of our Constituent Chapters, that the jurisdiction of 
this Grand Chapter extends only within the confines of On- 
tario, and the Yukon Territory, and that Candidates residing 
without our jurisdiction can only be accepted with the consent 
of any other Grand Body, which must be obtained before any 
application can be considered. We are so situated that it is 
much more convenient for an applicant to join with us, but 
authority must first be obtained. 

Long Service Jewels Presented. 

Twenty more of our Loyal and Royal Craftsmen have been 
decorated with the Long Service Jewel. 

These Worthy Companions, who carried the Standard of 
the Royal Craft in years gone by, deserve our appreciation and 
thanks. Our hope is that they may long be spared to wear this 
honorable and honoured badge. 

Their names follow : 

R. Ex. Comp. David R. Gibson, The Hiram Chapter, No. 2, 
Hamilton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. John S. Barnard, St. George's Chapter, No. 
5, London, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Robt. M. Armstrong, Carleton Chapter, No. 
16, Ottawa, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Eugene F. Dwyer, Mount Morish Chapter, 
No. 19, St. Catharines, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Arthur R. Robinson, Grenville Chapter, No. 22, 
Prescott, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Edgar H. Nolan, Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Col- 
lingwood, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Samuel Amsden, McCollum Chapter, No. 29, 
Dunnville, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert S. Hamilton, Waterloo Chapter, No. 
32, Gait, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Vincent G. Cornell, Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, 
Colborne, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Henry J. Mayhew, Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, 
Colborne, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Henry S. Keyes, Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, 
Colborne, Ont. 


Ex. Comp. David W. Green, Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, 
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Thos. E. Simpson, Algonquin Chapter, No. 
102, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Thos. D. Ross, Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, 
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. John B. Way, Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, 
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. R. E. Haire, Brant Chapter, No. 116, Paris, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Ivan M. Walker, Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, 
Kitchener, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Daniel W. Houston, Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, 
Kitchener, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Symes, Fort William Chapter, No. 140, 
Fort William, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Alfred Taylor, Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, 
Gait, Ont. This Companion received the fifty-five year Gold 

On the 29th day of June, last, I had a request from Anti- 
quity Chapter, No. 91, of Toronto, for permission to add 
Gold Piping to the apron, in recognition of their fifty years of 
existence. After some thought, I decided that I would leave 
this for the consideration of Grand Chapter to decide, and I 
here make mention of it for that purpose. 

The actions, the work, the loyalty of the Scribes E. is gen- 
erally much to be commended, yet there are a few who might 
well be advised that their tardiness in the attention to duty is 
much regretted. May I just be permitted, as one of my last 
officials acts, request that if a duty is taken on it ought to be 
carried out to the letter. 

New South Wales vs. Scotland. 

Early in the year I received a rather voluminous corre- 
spondence in connection with a difference of view point as to 
jurisdiction down there. The matter was of such moment that 
I decided I would turn the whole matter over to a Committee, 
to carefully go into this matter, and report to this Grand Body. 
Accordingly I named the following Committee — M. Ex. Comp. 
K. J. Dunstan (Chairman), M. Ex. Comp. Geo. Moore, M. Ex. 
Comp. W. H. Davis, and Ex. Comp. John A. Rowland, to go 
into the matter. 

Their Report will be presented for your consideration at 
this session of Grand Chapter. 


Sombra Chapter, No. 155, Dedicated. 

At my request, M. Ex. Comp. W. G. Price kindly journeyed 
to Wallaceburg, and there on the evening of May 9th, 1933, 
dedicated the Chapter. He reports to me that there was a 
goodly attendance of the present and past Grand Officers. Ex. 
Comp. D. Boyle, the Ex. Z., was most kind to all the visitors, 
among whom were numbered R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Stewart, 
London; R. Ex. Comp. Rev. A. S. H. Cree, Dover; M. Ex. 
Comp. Ed. Smith, of London, as well as many other Ex. Com- 
panions of the surrounding country. 

R. Ex. Comp. E. V. Bingham, assisted by R. Ex. Comp. E. 
U. Dickenson, introduced the visitors. After the Dedication 
many complimentary remarks were made in regard to the 
beautiful quarters, and wishes were expressed for its success- 
ful future. Most Ex. Comp. Price reported that a bright 
future was before this Chapter. 

Grand Chapter of New Mexico. 

On my return home, somewhat late in December, I had 
sent me from the Grand Scribe E. a communication from this 
Grand Chapter, in connection with the exchange of representa- 
tives. I had him look up the records of his Office, and he re- 
ported to me that so far as he could find, no exchange had ever 
taken place. And while it thus stands, I felt that I should con- 
sult this Grand Body before acting in the matter. I would 
therefore recommend that the matter be referred to the Com- 
mittee on Foreign Relations, and if their report is favourable, 
that the incoming Grand First Principal be so at once advised 
in order that the interchange may take place.. 

Re Life Membership. 

Acting on the suggestion of the Committee on the Grand 
Z.'s Address of last year, that this matter be referred to a 
Committee to report, and which was agreed to by Grand Chap- 
ter, I appointed a Committee, composed of R. Ex. Comp. J. A. 
Burnett, R. Ex. Comp. D. W. Markham, Ex. Comp. J. M. Bur- 
den, and M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith. 

This Committee will bring in a report for this Convocation. 
Welfare Work. 

It is my pleasure to again report on the work done during 
the past summer by the Welfare Committee of the City of 


The Companions of Districts No. 8 and 8a, comprising the 
City of Toronto, and a number of Chapters of the surrounding 
country, are again to be congratulated upon their philanthropic 
activities, working quietly but doing a work by which many 
dollars were saved to several organizations working along 
similar lines, by transporting the underprivileged and under- 
nourished to the shores of Lake Simcoe, there to receive the 
sunshine and fresh air so essentially necessary to their well 
being. In that way adding new life and energy to the manhood 
and womanhood of to-morrow. 

Nor must it be overlooked, that one of the Chapters of the 
city, in addition to the general assistance rendered as above 
noted, they have in addition, created some years ago, a fund 
which they are pleased to name "The Cot Fund." That they 
are thus privately assessing each member, who will voluntarily 
subscribe his mite, any sum he may deem fit, and in this way 
assist on another line of endeavour, surely merits our thanks 
and should be an incentive to greater action, by others who 
may feel inclined to follow the noble example thus set. 

May I, in the name of the Grand Chapter of Canada, ex- 
press our appreciation and thanks for this great and God-like 
work. And my hope is that not only will they be enabled to 
continue, but that many others may follow their example. 

Having in mind some of the criticisms and suggestions 
which were made during our last session, in regard to the 
matter of accounting at the Office of the Grand Scribe E., I 
attempted to embody all these in a letter to our worthy Officer, 
and particularly emphasizing the necessity for regular and 
proper vouchers for all payments made, also a complete and 
detailed inventory of all supplies on hand, segregating all such 
supplies under their various headings and uses. 

This he very kindly offered to do, so that along that line, at 
least, no further difficulty should be manifested. 


And now, my Companions, I come to that stage of my 
report where a final adieu would appear to be apparent. 

I have attempted to give you a resume of my activities dur- 
ing this term of Office, have portrayed for your benefit the 
several matters which claimed my attention, and have at- 
tempted to fulfill the trust intrusted to my care. 

If failure has resulted, I can assure you that it was not due 
to any want of an honest attempt. 

May I just be permitted to say this in closing, to all our 
loyal Craftsmen : My Companions, do please take your Capitu- 


lar work seriously. First, pay your dues; second, exemplify 
the work worthily and well; thirdly, live, think and act the 
Capitular Dictates to the very fullest, and endeavour to add 
sprout after sprout to the wonderful garden of roses, with 
which you have surrounded yourselves, and may those roses be 
unencumbered with any thorns which might in the future 
cause dissent or disagreement among you. 

I shall miss the regular summonses of your meetings, from 
many of which I received much pleasure and gratification. And 
I shall miss the pleasure of meeting you, in your own Capitular 

I offer you my sincere thanks for all the kindnesses shown, 
the wonderful receptions with which you welcomed me, and 
your gracious desire to be of service to the Royal Craft. I 
bid you farewell, as your Head during the past two years, and 
I bespeak for the Craft your continued loyalty, support and 

Courteously submitted, 

Grand Z. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, and — 

Resolved, — That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred 
to the Executive Committee to report thereon during the present Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter. 


The Reports of the Grand Superintendents of Districts 
were then presented. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Comvanions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

The year in St. Clair District, No. 1, has been one of 
"carrying on" rather than one of noticeable advance. 

In a few of the Chapters there has been quite a large num- 
ber of suspensions for non-payment of dues. This has been 
more in the nature of a housecleaning process rather than an 
indication of any sudden falling off in interest in Capitular 
Masonry. The suspensions, in most cases, have been of mem- 
bers several years in arrears, who have long ceased to mani- 
fest interest in their Chapters, and whom financial conditions 
make it impossible for the Chapters to continue to carry. In 
other words, the Chapter membership, though smaller than a 
year ago, is of a much more healthy character. 

Probably no better indication of the truth of this statement 
could be found than the most cordial and cheerful spirit mani- 
fested on the occasions of my official visits to the various 
Chapters of the District. In some of the Chapters degree work 
was not available because of the prevailing scarcity of candi- 
dates, but whenever degree work was exemplified it was 
handled in a manner highly creditable to the Companions 

In every case the business of the Chapter was conducted in 
a manner that conveyed the impression that even if candidates 
are not so plentiful as in former years, there is no disposition 
to fear the future. 

During the year there have been a few outstanding func- 
tions to which reference might be made. 

The first of these was at Wallaceburg in May, when the 
Chapter room of Sombra Chapter was formally dedicated by 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter Price, Past Grand Z., assisted by M. Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E., and a staff of past and 
present Grand Chapter Officers. 

On Sunday, Sept. 10th, the annual Divine Service of Wel- 
lington Chapter, of Chatham, was held at St. Thomas' Church, 
Dover, where R. Ex. Comp. A. S. H. Cree is rector. This 
service was attended by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith and 
Companions of many Chapters of the District. 

On September 21st, I had the pleasure of accompanying the 
Companions of Thomas Peters and Ark Chapters, of Windsor, 
on a fraternal visit to Acacia Chapter, Detroit. On this occa- 
sion we received a warm welcome from our Detroit Com- 
panions, and I personally will always remember how they 
helped me out that evening. 


On October 27th, Thomas Peters Chapter conferred the 
Royal Arch Degree in a splendid manner in the course of a 
visit to my Mother Chapter, Erie, No. 73, at Ridgetown. Many 
officers and Companions of Acacia Chapter, Detroit, as well as 
of Ark Chapter, Windsor, were also among the visitors to 

On December 18th, R. Ex. Comp. A. S. H. Cree and a most 
capable staff of assistants installed the officers of Wellington, 
Blenheim, and Erie Chapters in a joint ceremony at Ridge- 
town. This was the beginning of what is hoped will be an 
annual event. 

The above are a few of the list of similar events in St. Clair 
District during the year. They are, I think, sufficient to bring 
out the fact that though candidates for the degrees have not 
been plentiful, the year has not been devoid of praiseworthy 
activities in developing the fraternal side of our work. The 
manifestly improving business conditions, and the "house- 
cleaning" done by a few of the Chapters where necessary, seem 
to leave St. Clair District in a promising condition. 

Sincerely and fraternally, 

Edgar V. Bingham, 
Grand Supt. of St. Clair District, No. 1. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with very great pleasure that I submit my report on 
the conditions of Capitular Masonry in London District for 
the year 1933. 

First, I wish to take this opportunity of expressing my 
grateful appreciation of the honour conferred on me by the 
Companions of London District in electing me their District 
Superintendent and also to the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal who confirmed my appointment. I was very fortu- 
nate in securing the services of my very able Companion, Ex. 
Comp. Foster W. Smith, as District Secretary. He accom- 
panied me on nearly all my visits and was ready and willing at 
all times to perform any task required of him and has proved a 
wonderful help in attending to the clerical duties by arranging 
the various details and carrying out the correspondence per- 
taining to the office. 

My first official visit was to St. Paul's Chapter, No. 242, 
Lambeth, on April 4th ; followed by Wawanosh, No. 15, Sarnia, 
on April 14th; St. John's, No. 3, London, on April 26th; 
Beaver, No. 74, Strathroy, on May 5th; Palestine, No. 54, St. 
Thomas, on May 11th; St. George's, No. 5, London, on May 
26th; Aylmer, No. 81, Aylmer, on June 2nd; Bruce, No. 53 
(my Mother Chapter), Petrolia, on Sept. 20th; Nilestown, No. 
247, Nilestown, on Sept. 21st; St. Andrew's, No. 238, London, 
on Oct. 11th; Minnewawa, No. 78, Parkhill, on Oct. 16th; Lon- 
don, No. 150, London, on Oct. 17th; Hiawatha, No. 252, Sar- 
nia, on Oct. 26th, and Vimy, No. 214, Inwood, on Nov. 6th (to 
which I have the honour to be a charter and a life member) . 

On every one of my official visits I had the privilege of see- 
ing one of the degrees exemplified and the work, as put on by 
the different officers, was exceptionally well done and given in 
the most impressive manner, thus showing that the officers in 
every Chapter are striving to confer the degrees as nearly 
word perfect as is humanly possible to do, thereby impressing 
upon the minds of the candidates the beautiful lessons taught 
in every degree of Royal Arch Masonry. 

In the four London Chapters, also Lambeth, Nilestown, and 
Vimy, the Mark Master Mason Degree is conferred by the 
Third Principal, and the Most Excellent Master Degree is con- 
ferred by the Second Principal. The Obligations of the dif- 
ferent degrees being given by the First Principal or Past First 
Principal. This, I think, is a splendid arrangement for the 


officers of the Chapters. On each official visit the books and 
various records of the Chapters were examined and found to 
be in excellent shape and carefully kept. 

The Scribes E. of the Chapters are to be congratulated on 
their work, also the members of the various Chapters for 
their wisdom in selecting such excellent Scribes E. 

Several of the Chapters attended Divine Services in the 
district during the year. The annual District Divine Service 
was held in the United Church at Strathroy on the evening of 
Oct. 1st, as we considered it more central for the District. The 
arrangements for which we left in the competent hands of R. 
Excellent Comp. Ed. McNeil and Ex. Comp. W. A. Campbell, 
of Beaver Chapter, No. 74. There was a large attendance of 
Grand Chapter Officers and Companions. I believe every 
Chapter in the District was represented by some of their Com- 
panions, who were well paid by hearing the splendid address 
delivered by the Rev. Dr. Hogg, pastor of the United Church, 
Strathroy. Excellent music was rendered by the choir for the 

Very pleasing instances of harmony exist between the four 
London Chapters, Lambeth and Nilestown. These six Chap- 
ters have held Principals' Nights on two occasions this year. 
Each of the Principals taking part in conferring the Royal 
Arch Degree. What a grand example of harmony and unani- 
mity of our Order. I was very sorry, owing to circumstances 
over which I had no control, I was unable to attend either of 
these occasions. 

A joint installation of the officers of the four London Chap- 
ters, together with St. Paul's of Lambeth and Nilestown Chap- 
ters was held in the Masonic Temple, London, on the evening 
of Dec. 29th, when the officers were installed and invested for 
the ensuing year under the direction of R. Ex. Comp. W. L. 
Stewart, the installing Z. Rev. A. A. Bice was the special 
speaker for the occasion. 

A joint installation of the, officers of Wawanosh Chapter, 
No. 15, and Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, Sarnia, was held in 
the Masonic Hall in that city. The officers were installed and 
invested under the guidance of R. Ex. Comp. Clarke, installing 
Z. I regret very much that owing to a severe cold I was un- 
able to attend these installation ceremonies. 

In conclusion, I wish to thank the many Companions who 
have accompanied me on my official visits, sometimes with no 
little inconvenience to themselves. They have made my year of 


office a pleasure and have certainly helped to stimulate that 
brotherly feeling in the District which is of such vital im- 
portance for the success of our great institution. 

To my successor in office I extend the kindest wishes. I 
will soon turn over to him my position in the District, but will 
retain and cherish the memory of many happy hours spent as 
Grand Superintendent. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

Grand Supt. London District, No. 2. 

Inwood, Ont., Jan. 10th, 1934. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with pleasure that I submit for your perusal my report 
of the conditions of Capitular Masonary in Wilson District, 
No. 3, and enclose the regular form, giving statistics regard- 
ing each Chapter in the District. 

I wish at the outset to record my sincere appreciation of 
the honour conferred upon me when the Companions of Wil- 
son District elected me to the position of Grand Superintendent 
and express my thanks for the cordial and friendly manner in 
which I was received by each Chapter when I made my official 

It is with regret that I have to report that again Wilson 
District has suffered a loss of membership, only two Chapters 
showing a gain, but I am sure that after having covered this 
District and observing the courage and boundless optimism 
which prevails in each Chapter that numerical strength is not 
the yardstick by which we measure our success and that while 
we have lost a little in numbers we have gained remarkably in 
fraternalism and good-fellowship. 

The enthusiasm which the officers and members of each 
Chapter seem to have in their work leads me to believe that 
Masonry in this historic District is due for a boom, and I wish 
to point to my own Mother Chapter, Harris, No. 41, as an 
example where, I believe, the Period of Progress has already 
started. Harris Chapter gained three in membership in 1933 
and on the last regular convocation placed seven names on the 
minutes to be ballotted for, and at this writing am privileged 
to say were all accepted. 

This, I am sure, was the result of the spirit of enthusiasm 
and love of the Craft which exists throughout the whole Dis- 
trict and which is showing results in such a gratifying manner 
in Ingersoll. 

My first official act was to appoint Ex. Comp. Vincent Wil- 
son as District Secretary, to whom is due the credit for the 
success that Harris Chapter is having at present. 

Yours fraternally, 

R. S. Clark, 
Grand Supt. Wilson District, No. 3. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Comvanions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to submit herewith, my report on the 
condition of Capitular Masonry in Wellington District, No. 4, 
for the year 1933. 

Firstly, I wish to pay tribute to the excellent work of my 
immediate precedessor, R. Ex. Comp. Chas. T. Palmer, and his 
District Secretary, V. Ex. Comp. J. T. Power. 

Secondly, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the 
honour conferred upon me, and my thanks to the Grand First 
Principal for confirming my appointment. 

My first official act was the appointment of Ex. Comp. Sam 
Patterson as District Secretary. To him, and to Ex. Comp. A. 
H, Corbett, who acted in this capacity on a number of occa- 
sions, I am very much indebted. 

In all Chapters my reception was in a manner befitting the 
representative of the Grand First Principal, and while marked 
by a desire on behalf of the Chapter to make me feel at home, 
was expressive of their loyalty to Grand Chapter and the 
Grand Z. 

Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville. — My first official 
visit, made on May 8th, was to this Chapter, where I received 
a very cordial welcome from Ex. Comp. Gillespie and his offi- 
cers. The conferring of the Holy Royal Arch Degree was 
excellently portrayed. This Chapter is in excellent shape. 
Good co-operation exists and the officers are efficient and well 
skilled. I was particularly pleased to welcome R. Ex. Comp. G. 
Hardy, a Past Grand Superintendent of London District, No. 
2, as a member of this Chapter by affiliation. 

Preston Chapter, No. 245, Preston. — Was visited on 
May 15. Ex. Comp. F. Lloyd gave me a very kindly welcome 
and the M.E.M. Degree was exemplified under the direction of 
Ex. Comp. Parkinson, in a very praiseworthy manner. In the 
Chapter room, as well as at the banquet afterwards, I was 
pleased to see many Companions from Gait, Guelph and 
Kitchener. With the latter was R. Ex. Comp. Walter Duench, 
Grand Scribe N., who attended several meetings throughout 
the District, and whose presence was a great help. 

Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Galt. — My official visit to this 
Chapter took place on June 12th. The Holy Royal Arch Degree 
was well illustrated by Ex. Comp. Q. A. Wight and his offi- 
cers. This Chapter, the oldest in the District, under the guid- 
ing hand of R. Ex. Comp. Jas. Ritchie, Scribe E., is in excel- 


lent condition, but this year, due to economic conditions, has 
been unable to secure candidates. 

Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham. — This Chapter was 
visited on June 19th, a very warm night both within and with- 
out. Ex. Comp. J. F. Irvin, his officers and Companions, ex- 
tended to us a cordial reception and welcome, and exemplified 
the Ho]y Royal Arch Degree in a very creditable manner. 
Afterward, in their well appointed banquet room, a very en- 
joyable and sociable hour was spent. This period was en- 
hanced by well-rendered solos by R. Ex. Comp. Jno. S. Drys- 
dale, Grand Principal Sojourner, a visitor from Hamilton for 
the occasion, also Companions from Guelph and Kitchener. 
This Chapter shows a wonderful spirit in spite of lack of 

Halton Chapter, No. 234, Georgetown. — No more cor- 
dial welcome could be desired than that extended to me on 
June 16th, when I visited this Chapter as Grand Superin- 
tendent. Ex. Comp. Feller, and his officers, exemplified the 
M.M.M. Degree in a very impressive manner. This Chapter, 
though small and suffering from a dearth of candidates, has 
an excellent spirit and are ready to do good work. 

Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph. — On September 1st, I 
visited this Chapter and was very warmly received by Ex. 
Comp. G. Booth and his officers. The Holy Royal Arch De- 
gree was portrayed in an excellent manner. Though this 
Chapter has a large membership and an efficient staff of offi- 
cers and Past Principals, they have also felt the depression 
and have not had their customary quota of candidates. They 
have a large amount of dues outstanding, although an earnest 
attempt is being made to remedy this situation. 

Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener. — The occasion 
of my official visit was October 6th, an emergent meeting. The 
M.E.M. Degree was most impressively conferred by Ex. Comp. 
M. H. Phillips and his officers. This Chapter is in splendid 
shape. It is fortunate in having such a large number of Past 
Principals who are still keen and active in the work, one of 
whom, R. Ex. Comp. D. W. Houston, I had the honour of pre- 
senting with an "Age with Honour" Jewel. 

Contests and other activities have greatly added to the in- 
terest, and at the same time, promoted the good and welfare of 
this Chapter. At this meeting I was happy to welcome R. Ex. 
Comp. J. E. Keating, Grand Superintendent, Huron District, 
No. 6, accompanied by R. Ex. Comp. H. G. Meir. It was again 
my privilege to renew my friendship with such stalwarts in 
Capitular Masonry as R. Ex. Comps. Wm. Downing and Geo. 


DeKleinhan, V. Ex. Comps. J. F. Carmichael and E. D. Cun- 

Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston. — This Chap- 
ter was not visited until December 12th, when I witnessed the 
installation of officers, under the direction of Ex. Comp. A. P. 
Fair. Enterprise Chapter is in the process of reorganization 
after a very uncertain season, but with the new officers and the 
spirit manifest, is bound to succeed. 

Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelburne. — On this 
occasion representatives from all the Chapters in the District 
were invited to be present. Unfortunately, the date conflicted 
with Guelph regular convocation. However, there was a large 
attendance of visiting Companions and the Holy Royal Arch 
Degree was excellently depicted by Ex. Comp. Gillespie and 
the officers of Ionic Chapter, Orangeville. Ex. Comp. F. O. 
Fleming and his officers received me in a very cordial and 
kindly manner, and expressed themselves as pleased that the 
District should so honour this Chapter as to elect one of its 
members as Grand Superintendent. 

The matter of arrears of dues has received my constant 
attention. Many of the Chapters have been carrying Com- 
panions from year to year, with the hope that eventually they 
will pay up, but, due to adverse financial conditions, such a 
hope has not been realized. Now, with the decrease in candi- 
dates, many Chapters are finding it very hard to finance. I 
have pointed out that I do not consider it proper or right that 
a Chapter should carry a Companion who is in arrears of dues 
for several years, thus registering against him an ever-increas- 
ing debt, which soon becomes impossible for him to pay. If a 
Companion expresses a desire to be carried, remit his dues. But 
if his dues are not paid, due to neglect or disinterest,*then sus- 
pend him and, by so doing, render him a kindness. My recom- 
mendations in this regard, to some extent, have been observed, 
and some Chapters have appointed committees to deal with the 
problem ; but there is still far too much money outstanding as 
arrears for dues. 

In conclusion, I wish to make special mention of, and ex- 
press my sincere gratitude for, the loyal support of my home 
Chapter, Prince Edward, No. 218, Shelburne, and Ionic Chap- 
ter, No. 83, Orangeville. This has been a constant source of 
inspiration and encouragement to me. I hope that the con- 
fidence placed in me, both by them and the Companions 
throughout the District, has not been misplaced, and I bespeak 
for my successor the same co-operation and kindness that I 
was accorded during my year of office. 

Respectfully submitted, E. M. Wansbrough, 

Grand Supt. Wellington District, No. 4. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Comvanions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is my privilege to present this report on Capitular Ma- 
sonry in this Hamilton District, No. 5. First, I wish to thank 
all the Companions for the honour they did me in electing me 
Grand Superintendent, and also the Grand Z. for confirming 
my election. 

My first duty was appointing Ex . Comp. George M. 
Quackenbush as my Secretary, a duty he filled very well. 

On my first visit to my Mother Chapter, Ancaster, No. 
155, I was presented with my regalia by Ex. Comp. R. Fergu- 
son. I also had the pleasure of presenting Ex. Comp. C. Duff 
with the Grand Chapter "Age with Honour" Jewel. 

White Oak Chapter, No. 104, Oakville. — I paid my first 
official visit to White Oak Chapter, Oakville, on September 
19th, and was properly received by Ex. Comp. Mcllveen. There 
being no work, the evening was spent in speaking about the 
proceedings of Grand Chapter, after which a social hour was 
spent in the banquet rooms. The books are all up to date, and 
reflect credit on the Scribe E. and Treasurer. 

McKay Chapter, No. 243, Stoney Creek. — My official 
visit was made on October 4th, when I was properly received 
by Ex. Comp. Smith, when he and his officers, assisted by the 
Past Principals, worked the M.M.M. Degree in a creditable 
manner. The officers are enthusiastic, and are carrying on 
through this difficult period. The books are in good shape and 
properly kept. They have a Scribe E. to be proud of. 

The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, Hamilton. — I paid my 
official visit to this Chapter on October 17th, and was received 
by Ex. Comp. W. J. Riddell. This Chapter is to be congratu- 
lated in having V.E. Comp. S. Vila, as Scribe E. The books 
are neatly kept, and everything is up to date. The officers 
exemplified the Holy Royal Arch Degree in a manner which 
reflected credit on all who took part in it, and could not fail to 
impress the candidate. At this convocation, Ex. Comp. Rev. 
G. W. Tebbs presented the Chapter with a large volume of the 
Sacred Laws, for which he received the thanks of his 

Caledonia Chapter, No. 236, Caledonia. — I received a 
warm welcome from Ex. Comp. T. S. Little on my official visit, 
October 26th. They are suffering from a lack of candidates, 
but everything else is in good shape. They have an energetic 
Scribe E., and the officers are capable of doing the work. 


Keystone Chapter, No. 224, Hamilton. — I paid my offi- 
cial visit to this Chapter on November 6th, and was well re- 
ceived by Ex. Comp. F. Barlow. This Chapter is the youngest 
of the city Chapters, and has found the depression hard to 
get through. Dispensation was granted to enable them to 
move from the Masonic Hall on James Street, to the Buchanan 
Masonic Hall on upper James Street, where they seem to have 
taken on new life. The Companions of this Chapter are to be 
congratulated on the manner in which they have provided the 
paraphernalia for the different degrees. R. Ex. Comp. Mar- 
tin, the congenial Scribe E., deserves the thanks of the Com- 
panions for his untiring efforts towards Keystone Chapter. 
The books are well kept, and so is everything else. We spent a 
social hour in the banquet room. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 6, Hamilton. — I paid my official 
visit to this Chapter on November 9th, and was welcomed by 
Ex. Comp. Clarke. This Chapter has had no candidates this 
year, but R. Ex. Comp. S. S. Forbes has taken a great part in 
keeping up the interest of the Companions by several addresses 
on Capitular Masonry. I think this Chapter is well on its way 
to taking a foremost part in this District, The officers are 
capable and are deserving of all the support the Companions 
can give them. The books are in the capable hands of V. Ex. 
Comp. Stephenson, and are a credit to him. After the busi- 
ness was over, the officers worked the M.E.M. Degree, under 
Ex. Comp. Lloyd, in a very imposing manner, showing that 
the officers take great interest in the work. 

St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton. — I was properly re- 
ceived on my official visit on November 16th by Ex. Comp. 
MacNabb. It was a very cold night, which no doubt kept the 
attendance down, but we spent a very good evening. The offi- 
cers, under Ex. Comp. Randall, worked the M.E.M. Degree in 
a manner keeping up the good name this Chapter has for doing 
its work. The new Scribe E. will have no difficulty in follow- 
ing Ex. Comp. Galbraith, who has the books in good shape. 
We spent a social time, and then left for home, well pleased 
with the evening's work. 

Ancaster Chapter, No. 155, Ancaster. — I paid my offi- 
cial visit to this, my Mother Chapter, on November 21st, and 
was well received by Ex. Comp. Howell. This Chapter is the 
same as the majority, suffering from a lack of candidates. The 
officers are good in their work and attention to the Chapter, 
and are looking for better things next year. The Scribe E. 
has the books in good shape and is to be congratulated on doing 


as well as he has in the hard times through which we are 

The Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton. — I paid my official 
visit to this Chapter on November 24th, and after being intro- 
duced by an old friend, Ex. Comp. Craven, was properly re- 
ceived by Ex. Comp. A. T. Roadhouse. This Chapter is in ex- 
cellent shape. They have had candidates coming along, good 
officers, well supported by Past Principals. The books are well 
kept by the capable hands of R. Ex. Comp. Gibson. Most Ex. 
Comp. George Moore, who has been the Treasurer for a num- 
ber of years, has resigned, owing to ill-health. The Com- 
panions all unite in wishing him a speedy recovery. The Past 
Principals, under Ex. Comp. Craven, exemplified the Holy 
Royal Arch Degree in a very impressive manner. A very 
sociable time was spent in the banquet room, after which we 
went home in the small hours of the morning. 

The foregoing is a brief account of my official visits. I 
paid several visits to the Chapters, and was always made wel- 
come. I presided over the elections in the following Chapters : 
Keystone, No. 234; St. John's, No. 6; St. Clair, No. 75; 
Ancaster, No. 155; The Hiram, No. 2. 

There is a good feeling of harmony throughout the District, 
which augurs well for the future. 

The year has been a profitable one for me in renewing old 
friendships, and in making new ones, and I bespeak for my 
successor the same whole hearted support which has been 
given me. 

Sincerely and fraternally submitted, 

Harry Kirby Oglesby, 
Grand Supt. Hamilton District, No. 5. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada : 

Before entering upon my report on the condition of Capitu- 
lar Masonry in Huron District, No. 6, may I take the oppor- 
tunity first to express my deep appreciation of the honour 
conferred upon me by the Chapters of the District in electing 
me as Grand Superintendent and also to the Most Excellent 
the Grand First Principal for confirming my appointment. I 
should go further, and thank the individual Chapters of the 
District for their kindness and for the hospitality shown to 
me on my visits. 

I was most fortunate when Ex. Comp. H. E. Jeffrey con- 
sented to act as District Secretary and am greatly indebted to 
him for his invaluable aid, also to R. Ex. Comp. H. G. Meir, 
now a member of my home Chapter, for his wonderful sup- 
port and advice. 

In spite of adverse conditions, I found a splendid spirit 
permeating most of the Chapters, and in particular did I find 
the Companions anxious to grapple with problems of relief. I 
attempted to show that there was work for the Chapters to do 
in charitable service, and I have emphasized that particular 
object of Masonry in all my addresses. Everywhere this gos- 
pel met with unqualified approval, and I look forward to seeing 
practical demonstrations in the various Chapters as a result. 

My official visits were as follows : — 
Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich, May 16th. 
Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine, May 26th. 
Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton, October 9th. 
Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow, October 13th. 
Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham, October 17th. 
Tecumseh Chapter, No. 34, Stratford, October 27th. 
Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Listowel, November 3rd. 
St. James' Chapter, No. 46, St. Marys, November 13th. 
Elliott Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell, November 14th. 
Malloch Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth, November 20th. 

The degree work throughout the District I found to be 
excellent, and in spite of dearth of candidates in some Chap- 
ters, the officers have no lacked interest in presenting their 
work. They all appear competent and well skilled. 

The District Secretary reports the books of the various 
Chapters well kept, registers signed properly and the Book of 
Marks up to date. Outstanding dues, generally speaking, have 


been reduced and with return of normal conditions will cease 
to be a problem. 

In addition to official visits I made a number of other visits 
to various Chapters, particularly to the Past Principals' Night 
in Huron Chapter, Goderich, and in Elliott Chapter, Mitchell, 
as well as special convocations to attend Divine Service in each 
of these places. It was also a pleasure to me to be invited by 
and to accompany R. Ex. Comp. Wansbrough upon his offi- 
cial visit to Kitchener Chapter in Wellington District. 

Outstanding incidents which greatly impressed me were 
the perfect work of Past Principals of Huron Chapter ; the 
presentation of a large framed portrait of R. Ex. Comp. Dr. 
Scott to Chantry Chapter ; the splendid appointments of the 
temples at Lucknow and Wingham ; and throughout the entire 
District the loyalty and co-operation and enthusiasm exhibited 
for Capitular Masonry, particularly on the part of the Past 

In concluding this report I sincerely hope and trust that 
my efforts may prove to have been of some benefit to the Royal 
Craft in this District. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

J. E. Keating, 
Grand Supt. Huron District, No. 6. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

In presenting my report of Capitular Masonry in Niagara 
District for your consideration, may I first express my sincere 
thanks and appreciation for the honour conferred on me by 
the Companions of the District and to the Most Excellent the 
Grand Z. for confirming my appointment. I wish, also, to 
thank the Chapters of the District for the kindness and hospi- 
tality shown me at all times, making my term of office most 

My first official duty was the appointment of R. Ex. Comp. 
John E. Yocom as District Secretary, to whom I am much 
indebted for his assistance and advice. 

My official visits and the work exemplified, (in all cases by 
the regular officers), were as follows: 

Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines, April 14th. 
Most Excellent Master. 

McCallum Chapter, No. 29, Dunnville, April 21st. Holy 
Royal Arch. The thanks of this Chapter is due to the heirs of 
the late Senator Lochlin McCallum for an oil painting of the 
father of the Chapter, an historical silk flag, his case of pre- 
sentation swords, Royal Arch regalia and jewels. 

Niagara Chapter, No. 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake, May 5th. 
Holy Royal Arch. 

King Hiram Chapter, No. 57, Port Colborne, May 4th. Most 
Excellent Master. 

Wilson Chapter, No. 64, Welland, April 26th. Holy Royal 
Arch. Expression of sympathy for the families of the late 
R. Ex. Comp. W. M. German, K.C., and the late Ex. Comp. 
Harry Keenan were recorded. 

Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby, June 5th. Mark Master 

Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, Niagara Falls, April 19th. 
Holy Royal Arch. 

Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort Erie, April 11th. 
Most Excellent Master. This Chapter has recently moved into 
new quarters. 

Smithville Chapter, No. 240, Smithville, May 22nd. Mark 
Master Mason. 

The work of the Chapters was very creditable indeed. 

The large number of visitors at practically all the convoca- 
tions was most gratifying. 


The District Secretary reports the books in all Chapters to 
be well kept and as required. The matter of the arrears of 
dues is a problem which is receiving attention. 

The Principals' Association of Niagara District, No. 7, is 
active and doing good work. There were two well attended 
meetings during the year. 

Summit Chapter, No. 307, Buffalo, N.Y., entertained Nia- 
gara District, No. 7, at a Canadian Night on May 26th. The 
Holy Royal Arch Degree was exemplified, this was followed by 
a banquet. There was a large attendance from every Chapter 
in the District. 

Niagara Chapter, No. 200, Niagara Falls, N.Y., on October 
26th received this District as their guests and conferred the 
Past Master Degree. The occasion being their Canadian 
Night. A large representation enjoyed the hospitality of the 
sister Chapter. 

A Chapter of Instruction for the District was held at Wil- 
son Chapter, No. 64, at Welland on October 27th. The officers 
of McCallum Chapter, No. 29, Dunnville, exemplified the Holy 
Royal Arch Degree. The was a large attendance of all the 
Chapters in the District. Most Excellent Companion Edwin 
Smith, Grand Scribe E., on this occasion presented a Past Z. 
Jewel to Very Ex. Comp. Samuel Amsden, of McCallum Chap- 
ter, No. 29, a Past Z. of forty years' standing. I wish to take 
this opportunity, on behalf of the District, to express the 
thanks of the Companions to Most Excellent Companion Ed- 
win Smith, Grand Scrize E., and other distinguished visitors 
who assisted in making this meeting an unqualified success. 

In conclusion, may I again thank the Companions of the 
District, including the Companions of McCallum Chapter, who 
accompanied me on all my official visits, for the many fraternal 
courtesies extended to me. I hope that my feeble efforts have 
been of even some small benefit to the Royal Craft. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

J. E. Massie, 
Grand Supt. Niagara District, No. 7. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour of submitting the following reports of 
Toronto District, No. 8, for your consideration. 

I desire to thank the Chapters of this District for the 
honour of being elected to the high and honourable position of 
Grand Superintendent, and I trust that my year of office has 
been satisfactory to the District. 

My first official act was the appointing of Ex. Comp. E. E. 
Reid, a Past Principal of The St. Patrick Chapter, to act as 
the District Secretary. He has performed his duties in a 
satisfactory manner, and I am sure that this service will be 
appreciated by the District. 

My first inspection was at Beaver Chapter, No. 225, on 
March 8th. I was received by Ex. Comp. James Pickard. 
Needless to say, this young Chapter is one of the live organiza- 
tions of the District. I was pleased to note the very fine atmos- 
phere pervading this Chapter. The work was well performed 
by efficient officers. 

I was pleased to have R. Ex. Comp. Snell accompany me on 
this, my first inspection. It was also a pleasure to see the 
veteran, R. Ex. Comp. B. Cairns, taking an active part in this 

My next visit was to St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, where 
Ex. Comp. Reid and myself were given a royal welcome by 
this distinguished Chapter, under the leadership of Ex. Comp. 
Mackie. The Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred in a very 
creditable manner, and showed careful preparation on the 
part of all officers. It was also my privilege to visit the Chap- 
ter on the occasion of their annual Ladies' Night. 

University Chapter was inspected April 4th. The Holy 
Royal Arch Degree was exemplified in a creditable manner. 
Books and records are in a good condition and show careful 
attention by the Scribe E. The future of this Chapter will 
depend on the ability of the officers to enroll more members 
who are resident citizens of Toronto. 

St. Paul's Chapter was inspected on April 12th, when the 
Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred by the officers in a 
very impressive manner. The Ex. Z. was assisted by a large 
number of Past Z.'s, including my predecessor and District 
Secretary, R. Ex. Comp. Griffith and V. Ex. Comp. Dr. Scott, 
who was presented with his Grand Chapter regalia by the 
Grand Lecturer. At the banquet following, a pleasant hour 


was spent in listening to an address on Canterbury Cathedral 
by a well known lecturer. 

On April 13th, I inspected Orient Chapter at the Riverdale 
Temple. This Chapter, as usual, was almost 100% perfect in 
their degree work, but the lack of candidates has more or less 
stifled their enthusiasm, and their attendance is not what it 
should be. I wish to thank Ex. Comp. Williamson and his 
council for their great assistance to me by attending all the 
inspections of the District. R. Ex. Comp. McDougal is a very 
efficient Scribe E. and his books are up to date, also his records. 

The St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4, was inspected 
on April 24th. 

The District Secretary and myself were well received by 
a large number of old personal friends. This Chapter is well 
organized and it has a tradition that is the envy of all the 
young Chapters, and the officers are alive to their responsibil- 
ity in keeping this Chapter abreast of the times. The work of 
the evening and the social hour is just what we expected from 
this fine Chapter. One of the features of the evening was the 
presentation of Grand Chapter regalia to Very Ex. Comp. W. 
H. Price, the Grand Pursuivant, by R. Ex. Comps. Ash. Slack 
and Berkinshaw. The popularity of Very Ex. Comp. Price 
necessitated this strong combination of past Grand Chapter 
Officers to complete the ceremony. The prospect of this Chap- 
ter is fair and there is room for improvement as regards 
attendance by the Companions of the Chapter. 

Beeches Chapter, No. 163, was inspected on May 1st. The 
work of the evening was well performed by all the officers and 
showed careful preparation by the officers. The future looks 
bright for this Chapter. 

Doric Chapter was inspected at Newmarket on May 4th. 
The Holy Royal Arch Degree was exemplified by the officers 
in a creditable manner although two officers were absent. This 
Chapter has been falling behind due to financial depression, 
and with changed conditions I look for improvement. The 
senior officers are capable and enthusiastic, but the Com- 
panions of the Chapter are not turning out as they should. 

Succoth Chapter of Uxbridge was visited on May 11th. 
Many distinguished Companions accompanied me on that occa- 
sion. The reception was in keeping with the traditions of this 
Chapter. The degree was exemplified in a very creditable 
manner. The Scribe E., V. Ex. Comp. Hare, has the books 
and records kept in a first class condition. The social hour 
was pleasantly spent by all Companions. Ex. Comp. Hughes, 
of Toronto Chapter, contributed to the entertainment. 


York Chapter was inspected on May 12th. Comp. Reid 
reported the books and records to be in fine condition. The 
work of the officers was good. The attendance needs to be 
increased considerably. 

Aurora Chapter was visited on May 19th, and the officers 
were fairly well trained, but lack of candidates has lessened 
their enthusiasm. While the attendance is small there is a 
splendid fraternal feeling among the few who do attend. Their 
Chapter quarters are unique, especially their Chapter room. 
Books and records are well kept. 

The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, was inspected by R. Ex. 
Comp. Snell, and the report of this inspection will be found in 
the reports of Toronto District No. 8a. One item that I wish 
to stress concerning this Chapter is their interest in benevo- 
lence, over $700 in cash and large quantities of clothing have 
been distributed to needy Companions, 

King Solomon Chapter, No. 8, was inspected on May 25th. 
The visitors and Grand Chapter officers were given an enthu- 
siastic reception. The M.M.M. Degree was well exemplified 
and the officers were well trained and supported by a great 
number of Past Z.'s. Although this Chapter has a large mem- 
bership, the small attendance would seem to indicate a lack of 
co-operation among the members. The social hour was 
pleasantly spent by the Companions. 

My last inspection was at Victoria Chapter, Thornhill. I 
had the pleasure of being accompanied by a large number of 
visitors. We were introduced to Ex. Comp. Gilmour, officers 
and Companions of the Chapter by R. Ex. Comp. Lang, one of 
the faithful members of this Chapter. The work was excel- 
lent, and the social hour was well enjoyed. The Chapter seems 
to be in a little better condition than last year. An ancient 
cast iron stove in the banquet hall is worthy of notice, as all 
the symbols of Masonry are part of the design of the stove. 
The future of this Chapter is fair. 

It was a privilege for me to inspect Shekinah Chapter, No. 
138, for R. Ex. Comp. Snell, who kindly inspected The St. 
Patrick Chapter for me. A large number of visitors were 
present and the M.E.M. Degree was conferred in a very 
acceptable manner by the First Principal and his officers. The 
Chapter room is one of the finest in Toronto and lends itself 
particularly to Royal Arch Masonry. At the social hour many 
compliments were paid to the popular Grand Superintendant, 
R. Ex. Comp. Snell. 

The outstanding activity of both Toronto Districts was the 
work of the Welfare Committee under the leadership of Ex. 


Comp. Enouy, and I wish to congratulate the Welfare Com- 
mittee and all those who made it possible for them to carry 
out their programme. This year nearly doubled the efforts of 
last year. I am sure the thanks of Grand Chapter will be ex- 
tended to this our first organized effort to help some unfortu- 
nate children and their mothers in obtaining a summer holi- 
day. Some day the Royal Arch Masons may own and control 
their own recreation camp for unfortunate Companions and 
their dependents as well as those in need of just that kind of 

Let me conclude by saying that in every Chapter visited by 
me that concord and happiness prevailed and a deep sense of 
the meaning of our beautiful ritual was interpreted by the offi- 
cers in a highly satisfactory manner. The Chapters of both 
East and West Districts are exchanging visits and bringing 
the two Districts into the harmony of one big family. I also 
desire to thank the Grand Lecturer, R. Ex. Comp. Griffith, 
V. Ex. Comp. W. Scott, M.D., V. Ex. Comp. Lutteral, R. Ex. 
Comp. McLean, R. Ex. Comp. Snell, and a large number of 
Presiding Principals, who accompanied me on nearly every 
occasion of inspection. 

Finally I recommend to the Grand Chapter that a commit- 
tee should be formed to consider the advisability of amalgama- 
tion of the weak Chapters not only for this District but for all 
Chapters in the jurisdiction of this Grand Chapter. A number 
of Chapters are in a serious condition and cannot carry on 
unless they are absorbed by more virile and successful Chap- 

All of which I advise for your consideration. 

W. A. Mathieson, 

Grand Supt. Toronto, No. 8. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z. } Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I respectfully submit for your approval my report on Capi- 
tular Masonry, together with the Annual Statistical Report, 
for the Toronto West District, No. 8a, for the year 1933. 

Although I have personally expressed to the Principals, 
Officers and Companions of the various Chapters in my Dis- 
trict, my sincere thanks for my election to the important office 
of Grand Superintendent, yet I feel same should be on record 
and placed in this report, especially as it is the largest District 
in the Grand Chapter (so far as Companions are recorded). 
Also, I wish to convey to the Most Excellent Companion the 
Grand First Principal my grateful appreciation for the con- 
firmation of my appointment. 

My first duty being to appoint a District Secretary, I was 
fortunate in securing Ex. Comp. E. C. Tyers, who I realized 
with his Masonic knowledge would be a source of assistance to 
me, and who accompanied me on all my official visits and was 
ready and willing at all times to carry out any duties allotted 
to him. 

It was with deep regret that my first duty, as representative 
of the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, was to attend 
the funeral of the late Dr. Austin Fletcher, who passed to the 
Grand Chapter above on March 2nd, 1933, and who was Dis- 
trict Secretary to my predecessor in 1932 and was appointed as 
Grand Master of 4th Veil in 1933, but unfortunately passed 
away before investiture could be made, and which appointment 
was later given to Ex. Comp. Arthur Kitchen, who assisted as 
District Secretary during Dr. Fletcher's illness. 

I am not taking up the time and space to report on each 
Chapter separately, as I feel a collective report will suffice, 
having already submitted to the Grand Scribe E. individual 
reports according to the prescribed form set out by Grand 

In accordance with instructions received after my election, 
I have officially visited every Chapter in the District and have 
had the pleasure of witnessing the exemplification of the three 
degrees in many of the Chapters, and I am delighted to report 
that at all times during my visits loyalty was shown to the 
Grand Chapter by all Companions and the Ritualistic works 
exemplified with all dignity and conformity required by Grand 
Chapter. I would also like to state that I was much impressed 
during my visits by the loyalty of the Past Principals, which 


speaks well for their keen interest in Capitular Masonry. The 
Ruling Principals and officers were qualified in their duties 
and, considering the existing conditions of distress through 
which we have been passing, I feel that in all cases they have 
set a standard of ability and sound judgment, and have prac- 
tised strict economy during the administration of the affairs 
of their Chapters. I have endeavoured during my visits to 
impress upon the Companions the need of true companionship 
and feel my efforts have borne fruit as there certainly appears 
to be the true spirit of companionship prevailing amongst the 
Companions of the Toronto West District 8a Chapters of 
Capitular Masonry. 

The Welfare Committee of the Toronto Districts, No. 8 and 
No. 8a, which was so ably formed by my predecessor, R. Ex. 
Comp. J. A. Burnett, and his colleague, R. Ex. Comp. Morgan 
Griffiths, continued in its good work during 1933, under the 
chairmanship of Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy, of University 
Chapter, No. 241, G.R.C., and Secretary-Treasurer W. Gardi- 
ner, of Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, G.R.C., and the two Mar- 
shals, Ex. Comp. Jas. Pickard, of Beaver Chapter, No. 225, 
G.R.C., and V. Ex. Comp. Jas. Woodland, of the St. Clair 
Chapter, No. 231, G.R.C., and again cared for the under- 
privileged and deserving children by transporting them to the 
summer camp, Valdai, of the Good Samaritan Club, at Jack- 
son's Point, the voluntary services of the individual Com- 
panions this year being doubled as, instead of five trips to the 
camp it was necessary to make ten trips, and I am sure it must 
have been an inspiration to all who availed themselves of the 
opportunity, and I wish to express my personal thanks as 
Grand Superintendent for the splendid work portrayed by the 
Companions. I also wish to mention the Annual Ball, which 
was given November 29th by the Royal Arch Masons of Dis- 
tricts No. 8 and No. 8a at the Royal York Hotel in order to 
provide funds for the future work of the Welfare Committee. 
Although the weather was very unfavourable, the committee 
reports all expenses paid and a small surplus paid into the 
funds for future activity. 

Among the outstanding events of the year was the occasion 
of Grand Chapter Ni^ht under the auspices of Beaver Chap- 
ter, No. 225, G.R.C., held on March 8th, 1933, when all the 
offices were filled by the Grand Council and their officers, who 
exemplified the Holy Royal Arch Degrees with full musical 
ritual, after which a banquet was served and the Grand Z. 
addressed the Companions assembled. 

On October 17th Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, G.R.C., held 


their Golden Jubilee, at which the Past Principals of the Chap- 
ter took the offices for the evening, and V. Ex. Comp. Jas. Her- 
riott, Scribe E., gave a very interesting talk on the history of 
the Chapter, which was instructive and enjoyed by all, after 
which a very delightful banquet was served, and another mile- 
stone passed, and all present thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 
Tuesday, December 19th, Antiquity Chapter again showed 
their generosity by providing the children of the District with 
a Christmas Tree, which was in the form of a supper and the 
distribution of toys and other good things to about 80 children 
and, from observation, I am sure the children attending 
thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality. 

January 3rd, Toronto West District, No. 8a, was particu- 
larly honoured by a fraternal visit to Mimico Chapter, No. 215, 
from the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Dr. C. W. 
Haentschel, when the rural Chapters of the District were 
warmly welcomed and the work of the Holy Royal Arch was 
exemplified in a most efficient manner by the Past Principals 
of the Chapter under the direction of R. Ex. Comp. J. J. 
Shelley, and after the ceremony a delightful banquet was 
served in the banquet hall, and the Most Excellent the Grand 
First Principal gave a very interesting address to all the as- 
sembled Companions and stated that he was particularly 
pleased to be able to meet the rural Companions once before 
he laid down his sceptre of office. 

November 8th I had the pleasure of witnessing a very 
unique ceremony which was, I think, the first in the history of 
Grand Chapter, when St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, installed by 
special dispensation of Grand Chapter Comp. John A. Row- 
land as Third, Second and First Principal of St. Paul's Chap- 
ter, at which ceremony the Grand First Principal was present 
and gave a very interesting address, especially on the high 
qualities of Ex. Comp. John A. Rowland and his untiring 
efforts in the interest of Capitular Masonry. 

I must not forget to mention how deeply grieved I was to 
hear of my colleague's, R. Ex. Comp. Dr. W. A. Mathieson, serious 
illness in July, 1933, when it was necessary for him to take to 
his bed and remain there for five months, and I am sure all 
Companions in both Toronto Districts joined with me in wish- 
ing him a speedy recovery. I made several visits to see him 
and found him as cheerful as could be expected, and I promised 
him I would do all in my power to pay visits to his Chapters in 
District, No. 8, as was humanly possible, and I hope any service 
rendered towards his recovery. I am thankful to know he is 


now on the road to recovery and hope he will soon be able to 
be with us once again. 

The District Secretary reports the books of the Chapters in 
excellent shape and the registers properly signed. Outstand- 
ing dues seemed to be the most serious problem of the District, 
although there appears to be a slight improvement over last 
year, and I am pleased to know the Chapters are dealing with 
same in the true Masonic spirit and I feel it will only be a mat- 
ter of time before it will adjust itself and, as a recommenda- 
tion, I would suggest that some of the Chapters who are find- 
ing it difficult to continue under the existing conditions would 
consider consolidation with some of the other Chapters and by 
so doing cut down overhead expenses. 

Now that the most active season of the year has drawn to 
a close, and all the Chapters have had the new officers installed 
for another year, which ceremonies were conducted by many 
of the past and present Grand Chapter Officers, assisted by 
the Past Principals of the Chapter, I would like to extend my 
heartfelt thanks to both present and past officers for the 
courtesy extended to me during my. term of office, which has 
been one of the happiest years in my life, and I also wish to 
express my deep appreciation to all present and past Grand 
Chapter Officers for the many kindnesses extended to me, and 
for my successor I earnestly solicit the same co-operation. 

Fraternally and respectfully submitted, 

E. A. Snell, 
Grand Supt. Toronto West District, No. 8a. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to submit for your consideration the 
following report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in 
Georgian District for year 1933. 

First, I desire to express my sincere appreciation of the 
signal honour conferred on me by the Companions of Geor- 
gian District in electing me Grand District Superintendent, 
which was confirmed by the Most Excellent Grand Z., Dr. C. 
W. Haentschel. 

Unfortunately, I was unable to be present at Grand Chap- 
ter for installation, and was installed and invested in my 
Mother Chapter, Signet, No. 34, Barrie, by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. 
Cowan, Grand Second Principal, at the regular meeting in 

Upon assuming office, I appointed Ex. Comp. Arthur G. 
Cooper, a Past Principal of Signet Chapter, as District Secre- 
tary, the duties of which he performed in a very creditable and 
efficient manner, and Comp. Rev. Dr. Shortt, minister of St. 
Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Barrie, as Chaplain. 

Immediately after my election, the Most Excellent Grand 
Z. informed me that he would like to spend sometime in Geor- 
gian District, and would be pleased to accompany me on my 
official visits to as many of the Chapters as possible. Accord- 
ingly, a schedule of visits was arranged which met the con- 
venience of the Most Excellent Grand Z., and of the eight 
Chapters in the District he visited all but two, viz., Signet and 

Official visits were made to the various Chapters as 
follows: — 

Macpherson, No. 86, Meaford, October 3. 

Manitou, No. 27, Collingwood, October 4. 

Amabel, No. 131, Wiarton, October 5. 

Georgian, No. 56, Owen Sound, October 6. 

Signet, No. 34, Barrie, October 10. 

Grand River, No. 70, Bracebridge, October 25. 

Couchiching, No. 198, Orillia, October 26. 

In my visits, accompanied by the Most Excellent Grand Z. 
and several Companions of my own Chapter, we were most 
cordially received and welcomed. The Most Excellent Grand Z. 
spent a good part of a day in the towns he visited, where he 
had the opportunity of meeting a number of the Companions 
outside the meeting of the Chapter. That he endeared himself 


to all whom he met was most evident as he mingled with the 
Companions, and at the close of the Chapter meeting seemed 
like an old friend returned. 

Macpherson Chapter, No. 86, Meaford. — Visited this 
Chapter October 3rd, accompanied by the Most Ex. Grand 
First Principal, and a number of Companions of Signet Chap- 
ter. A very hearty welcome was given us. 

There being no work, the Companions were addressed by 
the Most Ex. Grand Z. at some length. His address was highly 
instructive, and outlined much that would be of benefit. After 
closing a social was spent which was much enjoyed. 

This Chapter has a very limited area from which to draw 
membership and is striving against difficult conditions. 

Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood. — Accompanied 
by the Most Ex. Grand Z. and a number of Companions from 
Signet Chapter, Barrie, I visited this Chapter on October 4th. 
A very cordial welcome was extended. The M.M.M.' Degree 
was exemplified in a very dignified and pleasing manner. 

The officers are a credit to their Chapter. 

After the work of the evening, the Most Ex. Grand Z. gave 
a very interesting address, which was highly appreciated. 

In the banquet room a very enjoyable programme was ren- 
dered, and was enjoyed by all. Considering present day con- 
ditions this Chapter has had a very fair year. 

Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton. — After a delightful 
drive of one hundred miles from Barrie, I visited this Chap- 
ter, accompanied by the Most Ex. Grand Z. and Companion 
Major T. J. Williams, Scribe E. of Signet Chapter, on Octo- 
ber 5th. 

Arriving in good time we had an opportunity of meeting 
the members and visitors as they assembled. On entering the 
Chapter room, we were given a very cordial welcome. 

The Degree of the Holy Royal Arch was conferred in a 
manner that was highly commendable. 

After closing the Chapter the Companions retired to the 
banquet hall, where a very bountiful home-made banquet was 
served. An address by the Most Ex. Grand Z. was enthusiasti- 
cally received, and a very happy social hour was enjoyed by all. 

Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound. — On October 
6th, accompanied by the Most Ex. Grand Z. and Comp. Major 
T. J. Williams, I visited this Chapter, and was given a very 
warm welcome by the officers and Companions. 

Ex. Comp. Garbutt and his officers exemplified M.M.M. 
Degree in a very creditable manner. This Chapter has not 
progressed during the year, but I am of the opinion that with 


a return of better times it will come back to its former 

As in preceding visits the Most Ex. Grand Z. had an oppor- 
tunity of addressing the Companions. 

The customary refreshments were served and a very 
pleasant hour spent around the festive board. 

Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie. — A visit to this, my 
mother Chapter, was made on October 10th. As is the custom, 
I was very cordially welcomed not only for my association with 
the Chapter, but as representing the Grand Chapter. 

R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, Grand Second Principal, to 
whom this Chapter owes much for his paternal care, was 

The Degree of the Holy Royal Arch was exemplified in a 
very commendable manner by Ex. Comp. Gollop and his offi- 
cers. This Chapter has had a very fair year. 

Grand River Chapter, No. 70, Bracebridge. — In company 
with the Most Ex. Grand Z. and a number of Companions 
from Barrie and Orillia, I visited this Chapter on October 25th. 
A very cordial welcome was extended to us on entering the 

Owing to the candidate for the evening having been unex- 
pectedly called away no degree work was done, and this af- 
forded the Companions an opportunity of hearing the Most 
Ex. Grand Z. at greater length. No work has been done in this 
Chapter for some time, but Ex. Comp. Andrews assures me 
that all the degrees can be worked. 

This Chapter has on its membership a number of very 
outstanding Companions. It requires the support and inspir- 
ing aid of adjacent Chapters to bring it up to what it should 
be, and I hope to see better things for this Chapter. 

A social hour was spent, and we came away with hope for 
Grand River Chapter. 

Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia. — In company 
with Most Ex. Companion Grand First Principal, R.E. Comp. 
Alex. Cowan, Second Grand Principal, and a number of Com- 
panions from Bracebridge and Barrie, I visited this Chapter 
on October 26th. 

All were very enthusiastically received and welcomed. The 
Degree of the Holy Royal Arch was exemplified in a manner 
that brought forth well deserved praise from the Grand Chap- 
ter Officers. The work was indeed of unusual merit. 

The Grand Principals addressed the Companions in the 
Chapter and were well pleased with the attendance and man- 
ner in which its affairs were conducted. 


At the banquet following a very enjoyable hour was spent. 

This Chapter is an example of what can be accomplished 
by keeping a good organization even when there are not many 


panied by a number of Companions, I visited this Chapter on 
October 27th, and was very cordially received and welcomed 
by Ex. Comp. McGowan, First Principal. 

The conferring of the M.M.M. Degree was done in a fault- 
less manner. 

At the close of the meeting a very enjoyable hour was spent 
in the banquet room. 

Although there have not been many candidates, this Chap- 
ter is keeping the interest of the Companions by featuring the 
social side of Masonry and in this way is maintaining the 
attendance of the members during a period of smaller activi- 
ties. The success of the meetings during the year reflects much 
credit on the devotion and initiative of the officers. 

During the year, Georgian District has experienced a 
slight falling off in membership, there being a decrease of 
twenty-one since the last report to Grand Chapter. 

The amount of dues outstanding is a serious handicap, 
particularly to some of the larger Chapters, where overhead 
cost is high. The Chapters are all extending every considera- 
tion to those who cannot pay their dues, but it is regrettable 
that many who can meet their obligations do not take the 
situation seriously. 

I would urge that the stronger Chapters take a greater 
interest in the weaker ones, and aid and inspire them over this 
difficult period by arranging fraternal visits and exemplifying 
the work of the various degrees upon these occasions. 

The Companions of Signet Chapter who accompanied me 
on my visits are deserving of my sincere thanks, and especially 
Ex. Comp. Arthur Cooper, who so faithfully discharged the 
duties of District Secretary. 

Also I wish to assure the Most Excellent Grand Z. of the 
pleasure and profit his visits were to myself and the Chap- 
ters he visited. To the Chapters I wish to express my sincere 
appreciation of the kind manner in which I was received. My 
term of office has been a pleasant one, and I bespeak for my 
successor the same kindly feeling and co-operation. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

R. J. Sprott, 
Grand Supt. Georgian District, No. 9. 

Barrie, January 15, 1934. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to present herewith my official report of 
the discharge of my duties and to tender my observation con- 
nected therewith, as Grand Superintendent of Ontario District, 
No. 10, for your consideration. 

Appointment. — In the first place, I must express my 
gratitude to the District for selecting me as their choice for 
this high honour, and also to the Most Excellent the Grand Z. 
for his confirmation of the same, as I have experienced a 
worth-while enlargement of friendship and a strengthening 
of the bonds previously formed, as well as a wonderful oppor- 
tunity to do even, in my small way, something of value to the 
Craft in general and to life in particular. 

Secretary. — Ex. Comp. C. R. Gummow of St. John's 
Chapter, No. 48, Principal of Cobourg Public School, kindly 
consented to act as my Secretary, and the faithful and courte- 
ous discharge of his duties is much appreciated. 

Visit from the Most Ex. the Grand Z. — On May 2nd, 
3rd and 4th, in collective convocations at Oshawa, Peter- 
borough and Cobourg respectively, we were honoured by a 
visit to our District from the Most Excellent the Grand Z., 
whose earnest and timely addresses proved a heartfelt inspira- 
tion to all, which was much needed in these subnormal times. 
He accurately diagnosed the Capitular need of the times and 
prescribed the real remedy. I wish to thank Pentalpha, Corin- 
thian and St. John's Chapters for their splendid undertaking 
in making these visits possible and successful. 

Inspections. — In order that I may be brief and to the 
point, as requested, I shall forbear narrating the details of 
each visit separately and offer a few observations which 1 
found common to all. 

(1) Nearly all the Chapters have suffered through the sub- 
normalcy of the times, yet I found a real hopeful faith in their 
future prospects, and a preparedness to meet the pending pros- 
perity. This was evidenced by their working the various 
degrees with a substitute candidate. Faith and works are the 
parents of success. I found the work was well demonstrated 
in an intelligent and impressive manner. 

I have to thank the many Companions of the various Chap- 
ters who honoured me by their presence and assistance on my 
visitations. For brevity sake I shall mention but a few, viz.: 
Ex. Comp. John Miller, of St. John's Chapter, a Past Z. of 44 


years' standing, yet young in spirit, keen in mind, and steeped 
in Masonic lore ; R. Ex. Comps. Dure and Hoar, the former of 
whom ably performed the duties of installation at Canning- 
ton, assisted by R. Ex. Comps. Hoar and Davidson. 

Ionic Chapter's birthday Convocation, on March 17th, was 
a red-letter day, and the birthday cake was just as large as the 
heart of Ionic. Then Hydro Night, in May, when the work 
was exemplified by various Hydro officials drawn from the 
Eastern District, was a real inspiration. 

Accommodation and Equipment. — I found all of the 
Chapters had adequate and comfortable quarters, some of them 
owning their own buildings. The equipment in most Chapters 
was complete and in good condition. 

Scribe E. Work. — In all the Chapters I found the records 
well kept and brought up to date. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

J. W. Odell, 
Grand Supt. Ontario District, No. 10. 

Cobourg, January 19th, 1934. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

In submitting my report on Royal Arch Masonry in this 
District for your consideration, let me first say "many thanks" 
to the Companions of the District for the honour they con- 
ferred upon me in electing me to the office of Grand Superin- 
tendent, and I also hereby express my appreciation to the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal for confirming my 

My first official act was the appointment of Ex. Camp. 0. L. 
Morrow as District Secretary. He is well known and re- 
spected in the District, and accompanied me on seven out of 
my eight official visits. 


Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 44, Napanee. — My first offi- 
cial visit in the District was made to this Chapter on March 
15th. I was introduced by Ex. Comps. G. W. Cuppage and R. 
E. Sexsmith and received by Ex. Comp. H. C. Empey, the First 
Principal. I saw the Chapter opened and closed in the Holy 
Royal Arch Degree, also the Lodge of M.E.M., both of which 
were a credit to the officers. 

The M.E.M. Degree was exemplified almost perfectly and 
here the teamwork was highly commendable. The First Prin- 
cipal used excellent judgment in calling on many of the older 
members to assist and take important portions of the work, 
and it was most gratifying to see these old-timers take hold of 
the new work with such vim and accuracy. 

I found the minutes, accounts, book of marks, etc., in the 
hands of R. Ex. Comp. E. J. Walters, in almost perfect 

In brief, Mount Sinai Chapter is in good hands and a credit 
to the District. 

Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31, Picton. — On April 
10th, I made my official visit to this Chapter. I was introduced 
by R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Vick and Comp. John Shaw, and was 
most affably received by Dr. D. W. Gullett, the Ex. Z. 

The Chapter was opened and closed absolutely according to 
ritual, so too was the Lodge of M.M.M. and the M.M.M. 
Degree was exemplified in a masterly manner. 

In my remarks I was pleased to say that one would travel 
far and often before one would meet a number of officers who 
absolutely knew the meaning of what they were saying, and 


who spoke out in distinct, clear tones so that every word could 
be heard. Then, tcfb, the books of the Chapter are in the hand 
of a most efficient officer, Comp. John L. Graydon. All records 
are neat and complete. 

Quinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, Belleville. — On 
April 25th, I visited officially this Chapter and was introduced 
by R. Ex. Comp. H. Clark and Ex. Comp. W. M. Barlow and 
received by Ex. Comp. Earnest Smith (in his own way which 
is, to say the least, a fine example) after which I was invited 
to the East. 

The Chapter was opened and closed, also the Lodge of 
M.M.M. in splendid form. To this was added the working of 
the M.M.M. Degree, which was a credit to any Chapter. 

I believe I would be unfair to refrain from mentioning the 
Barlow triplets or trio, i.e., the father and two sons, who are 
outstanding characters and permanent fixtures in Chapter 
No. 227. 

I found all books, records, etc., in the hands of good old V. 
Ex. Comp. W. I. (Bill) Cole, and these are to be highly 

The Moira Chapter, No. 7, Belleville. — On May 2nd, I 
made my official visit to the aibove named Chapter. I was in- 
troduced by R. Ex. Comp. E. T. Cherry and Ex. Comp. W. Mc- 
intosh, and most graciously received by Ex. Comp. John 

After a few preliminary remarks I returned the gavel to 
Ex. Comp. Weese, who presided over the meeting in a most 
masterly manner. 

The M.M.M. Degree was then exemplified in a very satis- 
factory manner. The subordinate officers were well versed in 
the work and a great support to their Worthy Ex. Z. 

The books and records are in the very efficient hands of 
V. Ex. Comp. Victor Graves and I found them very intelligible, 
neat, up to date and well kept. 

Keystone Chapter, No. 72, Stirling. — On May 8th, I 
made an official visit to this Chapter. I was introduced by R. 
Ex. Comp. T. W. Solmes and Ex. Comp. R. W. Meiklejohn in a 
most brotherly manner, and more than warmly received by 
Ex. Comp. J. F. Baker, the Ex. First Principal. 

Then the M.E.M. Degree was exemplified absolutely with- 
out one mistake. This was a great pleasure to me for each 
officer was confident, knew the meaning of his work and in his 
hands, so too did the candidate. Harmony, and proof of 
brotherhood ran high all through the evening, and I feel it 


would be well for any Royal Arch Mason no matter were he 
resides to visit Keystone Chapter. 

The books, and records, kept by R. Ex. Comp. T. W. Solmes 
are up to date, neat and beyond criticism. 

St. Mark's Chapter, No. 26, Trenton. — On May 16th I 
officially visited this Chapter. I was introduced by R. Ex. 
Comp. W. (Bill) Potts, and pleasingly received by Ex. Comp. 
Victor Little. 

I saw the Chapter opened and closed, also the Holy Royal 
Arch Degree conferred on three Companions. I was delighted 
to see (in these times of stress) three such fine young men 
raised to this supreme degree and become our Companions. 
Then, too, the work was most admirably done and according 
to the new ritual. The team work and co-operation was praise- 
worthy, and in my remarks I told the Companions assembled 
that I had seen the Holy Royal Arch Degree exemplified as 
well as it was here only once before and that was in Brighton. 
(Of course the Brighton part not to be taken too seriously) 

As to books, records, etc., I found all in perfect order, and 
Comp. M. Anderson is a most capable officer. 

In brief, I feel that the good ship St. Mark's, No. 26, is 
well manned. 

Madoc Chapter, No. 161, Madoc — On May 22nd I made 
my official visit to this Chapter. 

Almost at the moment we were ready to leave Brighton for 
Madoc, I received a long distance telephone call from V. Ex. 
Comp. G. M. Wright informing me of a very sad and tragic 
happening in their midst, that of a double drowning. The 
victims were two clean living and promising young men in the 
persons of Scottie Clark and Robert Whytock. This sad hap- 
pening threw into mourning eleven strong supporters and ac- 
tive members of Madoc Chapter, and cast a heavy cloud of 
gloom over town and countryside. 

At our convocation all were deeply affected and we 
mourned as one big bereaved family. As a consequence of this 
most of the members felt that our meeting lacked Masonic life, 
but with this I could not agree for the officers mustered to- 
gether their remaining forces and the Chapter room was well 
filled. I was introduced by V. Ex. Comp. G. M. Wright and 
Ex. Comp. C. H. Buskard, received by Ex. Comp. L. K. Craw- 
ford, the First Principal, and given (along with my escort) a 
very fine and truly brotherly reception. For some reason we 
seemed to be drawn closer together, and we leaned on each 
other for support, seemingly to realize the more what a puny 
thing man is in the scheme of life. 

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Under these circumstances I asked the officers not to work 
a degree, but I am absolutely sure from the masterly way they 
opened and closed the Holy Royal Arch Degree, they could 
work any degree next to letter perfect. 

All records, books, etc., in the hand of V. Ex. Comp. G. M. 
Wright are in excellent condition and beyond criticism. 

Presqu'ile Chapter, No. 144, Brighton. — On October 
24th, I officially visited this (my mother) Chapter. 

With all due respect and dignity, I was introduced by Ex. 
Comp. 0. L. Morrow and Ex. Comp. A. 0. Maybee and 
accorded a very warm and heartfelt reception by Ex. Comp. 
R. A. Reiger, the First Principal. 

The opening and closing of the Chapter in the Holy Royal 
Arch Degree was well executed and the Degree was exempli- 
fied in a manner which was a credit to District, No. 11. 

I am proud to say that my own little Mother Chapter can 
at any time, with a little notice, work all three degrees well, 
and according to the latest ritual. 

All books, records, etc., are as near perfect as it is possible 
to have them. They are in the hands of a man who is the very 
backbone of Presqu'ile Chapter, V. Ex. Comp. Vernon Coulter. 

In conclusion, I can assure the Grand Body that the spirit 
of Royal Arch Masonry is taught, felt, and lived here. Also 
that the Constituent Chapters of Prince Edward District, No. 
11, are holding steadfast so that when these trying times are 
over they will triumphantly march forward. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

Franklin M. Dure, 
Grand Supt. Prince Edward District, No. 11. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Comvanions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with pleasure that I submit my report on the condi- 
tions of Capitular Masonry in St. Lawrence District, No. 12. 

I have visited all the Chapters in the District, and I am 
glad to report that they are a credit to the Royal Craft, and 
working together in harmony. 

Not being present at Grand Chapter Convocation, held in 
London, Ont., I was installed in my official capacity on March 
14th, at Grenville Chapter, by R. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. A. Flem- 
ing and R. Ex. Comp. F. W. Elliott, assisted by Companions 
from Sussex, and St. Lawrence Chapters. 

I take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation of 
the honour conferred upon me by the Companions of St. Law- 
rence District, in electing me as their Grand Superintendent, 
and to the Most Excellent the Grand Z. for confirming same. 

I was very fortunate in securing the services of V. Ex. 
Comp. E. A. Cook, as District Secretary, who accompanied me 
on all my official visits, and whose untiring efforts proved a 
wonderful assistance to me. 

I wish to thank a number of Companions from Grenville 
Chapter, who accompanied me on all my visits. 

The harmony of the District is promoted by a Past Princi- 
pals' Association, which, under the guidance of our very effi- 
cient Secretary-Treasurer, V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Root, is a won- 
derful success. The association was entertained by Maitland 
Chapter, No. 68, on October 3rd, after election of offices and 
luncheon, and an interesting address was given by Ex. Comp. 
A. C. Casselman, K.C., M.P. 


Covenant Chapter, No. 113. — On May 17th, I visited 
Covenant Chapter, accompanied by several of my Companions. 
The Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred on three Candi- 
dates in a manner which allowed of no criticism. The officers 
appear to know their work, the books are well kept, and the 
Chapter is in a very healthy condition. After the Chapter was 
closed, a luncheon was served, followed by several addresses. 

On October 9th, a number of my Companions accompanied 
me to Covenant Chapter, where the Most Excellent the Grand 
First Principal, Dr. C. W. Haentschel, made an official visit. 
He was received in a very fitting manner, and the officers 
exemplified the M.E.M. Degree in their usual good style. 

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Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1. — 
My official visit to this Chapter was made on May 19th, ac- 
companied by a number of my Companions. After being pre- 
sented, and very cordially received by the First Principal, the 
officers exemplified the M.M.M. Degree in an excellent manner, 
and the candidate was very attentive. The books are well kept, 
and prospects look very bright. After the Chapter we ad- 
journed to the banquet hall, where an hour was well spent in 
short addresses. 

Leeds Chapter, No. 132. — On the evening of October 5th, 
I officially visited Leeds Chapter, and was accorded a hearty 
reception by Ex. Comp. R. J. Davis, the officers and Com- 
panions. The M.E.M. Degree was exemplified in a very effi- 
cient manner, the books are well kept, and very neat. A supper 
brought a very pleasant evening to a close. 

Grenville Chapter, No. 22. — On October 10th the Most 
Excellent the Grand First Principal, Dr. C. W. Haentschel, 
accompanied me on my official visit to my home Chapter, at 
which a number of Companions were present from Brockville. 
The officers conferred the Holy Royal Arch Degree in a very 
efficient manner, and were complimented by the Most Excel- 
lent. The books of the Chapter are well kept and very neat. 
After a buffet luncheon, the Grand First Principal gave an 
inspiring address. 

Sussex Chapter, No. 59, and St. Lawrence Chapter, 
No. 100. — Accompanied by a large number of Companions 
from my Home Chapter, I paid my official visit to Sussex and 
St. Lawrence Chapters on October 11th. The Holy Royal 
Arch Degree was conferred in a very impressive manner, the 
books are well kept, and the records complete. The Com- 
panions are very enthusiastic, and the future of both Chapters 
look very bright. A banquet brought a very pleasant evening 
to a close. 

Maitland Chapter, No. 68. — A number of my Com- 
panions from Brockville and Prescott accompanied me. on my 
official visit to Maitland Chapter on October 19th, wihch was 
an emergent. I was cordially received by the First Principal 
V. Ex. Comp. Wilson. He conferred the Holy Royal Arch 
Degree in a very creditable manner, this Chapter is not being 
very well attended, but they are making every effort to keep 
going. The books are well kept, and following a supper a very 
profitable evening was spent. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 12. — I visited St. John's Chap- 
ter, No. 12, on October 20th, and was cordially received by the 


First Principal, Ex. Comp. Beckstead. No degree was con- 
ferred, but the prospects of the Chapter look bright. The books 
and records are well kept. After addresses of welcome were 
given by R. Ex. Comps. Dr. W. C. Davy, Dr. Correll, and C. 
Marsh, the Chapter closed and an adjournment was made to 
the banquet hall, where a social hour was spent. 

In conclusion, notwithstanding the adverse economical and 
financial conditions through which we are now passing, the 
officers of all the Chapters in this District anticipate prosperity 
and fully expect a numerical increase in the year 1934. 

In thanking all the Companions in this District for their 
hearty co-operation, and assistance given me throughout my 
official year, may I bespeak for my successor the same courte- 
sies that I have received as Grand Superintendent of St. Law- 
rence District, No. 12. 

Fraternally submitted, 

James W. Ault, 
Grand Supt. St. Lawrence District, No. 12. 

Prescott, Ontario, 1934. 



To the Most Excellent the Ground Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to have the honour of 
transmitting for your information and consideration the fol- 
lowing report of Ottawa District, No. 13, covering the year 

Chosen and confirmed at the Annual Convocation held in 
the City of London last February, your Grand Superintendent 
commenced his duties at once and hoped that he would prove 
himself worthy of the generous confidence placed in him by 
the District and the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal. 

Nothing could be more helpful than the way Immediate 
Past Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. J. P. Morrison 
showed me around and handed over the keys of office. He 
helped to make things easier for me, and came back again and 
again during the year with cheerful assistance. R. Ex. Comp. 
J. J. Gardiner accepted the office of General District Secretary, 
Comp. W. L. Hall, Secretary to the Grand Superintendent, 
subsequently Ex. Comp. Harry Dunne, on the removal of 
Comp. Hall from Perth to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ex. Comp. 
Dr. H. H. Bedford-Jones, District Chaplain. These officers 
filled their posts admirably, and gave me much valuable sup- 
port. Illiness interfered with the District Chaplain tem- 
porarily, but upon his recovery resumed his duties. 

Your Grand Superintendent was installed, under dispensa- 
tion, by R. Ex. Comp. A. L. McGregor, at St. Francis Chapter, 
Smiths Falls, on March 17th, 1933. The responsibilities which 
the ceremony conferred were explained in a clear and con- 
vincing manner by this energetic, tireless and sterling Com- 

Three outstanding events occurred during the year, 
namely : 1st — A visit of the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal to Ottawa District. 2nd — Attendance at Divine 
Worship. 3rd — Chapter of Instruction. 

(1) Visit of the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal. — Three Chapters were honoured by the presence 
of Laurentian at Pembroke, Dochert at Arnprior and Prince 
of Wales at Perth. 

These meetings were attended by large numbers of Com- 
panions and gave the Most Excellent an opportunity of con- 
veying his well considered views on Royal Craft matters, in- 
cluding the challenge that the Royal Craft to create a fund for 
the dispensation of a special form of benevolence. The charm 


of his personality and the sincerity of his appeal made a deep 
and favourable impression. 

(2) Attendance at Divine Worship. — Held in New 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Smiths Falls, one beauti- 
ful Sabbath in May. 160 Royal Arch Masons marched in pro- 
cession from St. Francis Chapter rooms to the House of 
Worship, where Comp. Dr. Davies preached a memorable 
sermon — in which the speaker's analogies' and references to 
temple building were of the keenest religious interest to Royal 
Arch Masons. 

(3) Chapter of Instruction.— Held at Prince of Wales 
rooms, Perth, on Monday, Octdber 23rd, work began at 11 
o'clock, forenoon, St. Francis' Chapter, Smiths Falls, in charge 
of the M.M.M. Degree. At 2 o'clock, afternoon, Maple Chap- 
ter of Carleton Place, assumed the M.E.M. and at 8 o'clock, 
evening, Carleton Chapter, Ottawa, the Holy Royal Arch. 

Each of these degrees was followed by discussions, ex- 
planations and brief lectures which aroused a good deal of 
interest and created an atmosphere of ritualistic accuracy. 

Chapters of Instruction are commendable not alone for 
their instructional value but also for the social, friendly spirit 
they create. 

In the evening a banquet was held in St. Paul's United 
Church Annex. It was largely attended and a very happy 
social time enjoyed. R. Ex. Comp. His Honour Judge W. J. 
Scott was the chief speaker. His words of advice and in- 
spiration were listened to with rapt attention. Jackie and 
Muriel, children of Comp. Hogg, delighted the Companions 
with violin and piano solos that elicited rounds of applausp 

The statistical table appended hereto gives membership, 
attendance and the financial standing of the Chapters. Mem- 
bership has decreased 15 since the last report — corresponding 
to the number of deaths during the year. Suspensions and 
withdrawals are not more than in a normal year, so that with 
the return of favourable times increases in membership may 
follow. Dues outstanding and members over 12 months in 
arrears tell their own story of personal financial difficulty, but 
these will correct themselves under an easier money situa- 
tion. All Chapters except one held the full number of meet- 
ings. A larger attendance at meetings is desirable and Grand 
Chapter would be well advised to enquire into and remedy if 
possible this unfavourable feature. 

All Chapters have ample assets which may be apprehended 
by any one who views the general comfort and cosiness of 


Ottawa District Chapter rooms and the high standard of 
regalia and equipment which prevails. 

Benevolent grants were not heavy and this opportunity in 
our Royal Craft might with advantage be studied more seri- 
ously by all Chapters. 

But there is another phase of Capitular Masonry which 
cannot be interpreted by the application of mathematical rule 
or formula and that is the mental attitude of the Companions 
to the Craft. Only by studying personal reactions under cer- 
tain circumstances can inferences be drawn. Innumerable 
instances arise where the loyalty of the Companions is put to a 
severe test, and never in a single example is there the slightest 
hesitation or aversion to do the favour requested, even when it 
means quite a considerable personal sacrifice of time and con- 
venience. Cheerful responses came from Companions when 
invited to accompany the Grand Superintendent or assist him 
at meetings, sometimes driving hundreds of miles in inclement 
weather rather than break a promise. Nor can we omit the 
noble response made by Maple Chapter, Carleton Place, when 
a sister Chapter, through unavoidable illness, found itself 
unable for the Chapter of Instruction. These are but a few of 
the numerous things from which we derive the opinion that 
deep seated loyalty lies in the heart of every rightly constituted 

Personal visitations to all Chapters were made under a pre- 
arranged schedule, completed without change. The work at 
these meetings was generally of a superior order. Ottawa Dis- 
trict has scores of students who can repeat the ritual from be- 
ginning to end, and many others who specialize in parts, keen, 
accurate ritualists, not lacking in vivid dramatic instinct, who 
gives to the ceremonies warmth and vitality that less gifted 
Companions cannot impart. 

The old work has not entirely passed but no serious objec- 
tion was offered to it save to point out the advisability of ac- 
quiring the new lessons for the sake of uniformity. In time 
this minor defect will disappear. 

Chapter books of account, books of marks and registers are 
uniformly well kept and up to date. 

First Principals and Scribes E. were prompt in corre- 
spondence and diligent in their various duties. 

Attendance of members and the collection of outstanding 
dues are matters of the greatest importance. Special Com- 
mittees might be appointed to deal with these questions. Find 
out what Companions are not attending regularly, then call on 
them at their homes. Nothing is more effective. In this re- 


gard another Companion and myself called on a Companion 
who had requested a demit. He lived miles out in the country 
and was so greatly pleased to see that he continued his mem- 
bership and gave us a cheque on the spot for two years' dues. 

Visit the healthy as well as the sick and Chapter meetings 
will grow. There is a way of a Mason analagous to the way of 
a ship on the sea, the way of an eagle in the air, the way of a 
man with a maid. Attempt should be made to discover the 
Companions who have "the way" and these Companions, 
placed in charge of membership and attendance, will work 

One cannot be insensible to the countless little acts of kind- 
ness shown him by all ranks of our fraternity. Everywhere 
the strong clasp of welcome, the hearty word of cheer and the 
vivid table of happiness. It would be more than memory could 
do to recount them all in detail. But we do wish all our good 
friends and Companions to receive from us here and now our 
heartfelt thanks. May these new friendships and old friend- 
ships remain constant and true. And if anywhere in the Dis- 
trict can be found indifference or apathy or tardiness of re- 
sponse let me enjoin these my Companions to come out into the 
full glow and warmth of free and unrestrained friendship for 
in such associations may be realized man's truest happiness. 

In a special manner acknowledgment is made of friendly 
favours, assistance and advice received from R. Ex. Comps. 
J. P. Morrison, Fred G. Smith, C. A. Bailey, A. L. McGregor, 
E. J. McCleary, W. H. Hooper, John Gray, John Conley, W. H. 
McKay, D. H. Mcintosh, and J. J. Gardiner. 

St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths Falls. — March 
17th. — Installation of Grand Superintendent and two M.M.M. 
Degrees. R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Hooper and other Companions 
from Maple Chapter present. Commodious quarters, richly 
furnished. Effective work, officers in good form, Ex. Comp. 
Jas. F. Grant, Principal Z., excelling. Close attention to details 
made the lessons clear, clean and impressive. R. Ex. Comp. 
McGregor alert and sparkling. Books and records neat and 
accurate. V. Ex. Comp. T. S. McDonald in charge. Financial 
standing sound and prospects good. All is well at St. Francis. 

Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa. — April 19th. — One 
of Ottawa District's oldest Chapters. 68 members and visitors 
present. Introduced by R. .Ex. Comp. Fred G. Smith and John 
Gray. Then to witness an ideal performance within the walls 
of a beautiful temple with its royal setting of altar, pillars and 


Choral singing between the various sections of the degree 
enhanced the general effect. Ex. Comp. Hazen P. Moulton and 
his officers in an easy, natural and dignified way presented the 
story of the Holy Royal Arch and aroused the admiration of 
all who witnessed its portrayal. General conditions are exem- 
plary in Carleton Chapter. V. E. Comp. Geo. Powers is a very 
excellent Scrize E. 

Glengarry, No. 14, Maxville. — April 28th. — Here a real 
Highland welcome. The regrettable absence of Ex. Comp. R. 
A. Stewart from the chair owin«' to illness only temporarily 
dampened the ardour of this meeting. Chapter opened in regu- 
lar form and a very pleasant hour spent discussing matters of 
general capitular interest. Good material for increased mem- 
bership is not lacking in the neigbourhood of Maxville. 

Comfortable rooms in the centre of the village, complete 
equipment and the best elements of citizenship in the present 
membership constitute a powerful argument in favour of 
more applications for this brightly situated Chapter. Scribe E., 
Ex. Comp. McDiamid keeps the records and accounts neatly 
and correctly.. 

Dochert, No. 248, Arnprior. — Young, alert, ambitious 
Dochert — what wonderful opportunities lie at your door. 
Youngest member of the Ottawa family, we all feel proud of 

Twenty-three members and visitors witnessed the M.M.M. 
Degree this night. Some of the older Chapters might feel 
uneasy if they knew how well Dochert can do things. They 
have a way that pleases, and in their work as well as in their 
welcome there is sincerity and truth. Ex. Comp. J. B. Taylor 
and his officers are equal to any occasion. Comp. H. C. Gard- 
ner is an efficient and trustworthy Scribe E. 

Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte. — May 11th. — One of 
these occasions in the favour of the Gods. Companions of all 
ranks gathered in from every wind that blows. It looked like 
an idle night. But the happy thought that the meeting be 
turned into a semi-chapter of instruction caught the fancy of 
all. And it was so. Each R. Ex. Companion of the more than 
half a dozen present explained or exemplified some part of the 
ritual, and the result was so highly successful that over the 
sandwiches, cake and coffee and pleasantries that followed it 
was unanimously agreed that we had hit upon a capital idea. 
Prospects are better for Granite Chapter. Ex. Comp. Dr. W. 
M. Johnston and his officers can make names for themselves 
and can keep Scribe E. busy receiving applications. 


Ottawa, No. 222, Ottawa. — May 15th. — Never have we 
seen a better degree than the M.E.M. of this evening. . It was 
the very crown of dedication. Companions seemed to be im- 
bued with the true spirit of the ceremony. There were no dry 
bones. It was a breathing, living thing that praised and re- 
joiced. Here again in this splendid temple capitular cere- 
monial was in its best form. Again, too, there was music, and 
processionals and prayers, and at the close the two candidates 
felt that something new had happened in their lives that gave 
them great joy. Ex. Comp. Cairns and his men are to be con- 
gratulated. Scribe E. Comp. J. M. Montgomery is also com- 
mended for his methods and practices. 

Kitchener, No. 210, Russell.— June 2nd. — They are do- 
ing things at Russell. R. Ex. Comps. John Gray and Fred G. 
Smith, we are told, have been great sources of strength there. 
50 members and visitors from Ottawa and other places 
were present this night and witnessed the Holy Royal Arch. 
Ex. Comp. W. C. Pescod and his men made the story very 
realistic. More than one Companion remarked it was worth 
going all the way to Russell to hear Comp. J. L. Steele as 
Principal Sojourner. 

Ex. Comp. A. Walker, Scribe E., reports an increase in 
membership of 12 in 1933 and the light is still in the window. 
They bought a new piano, organized a singing class and 
brought into action the latent talent of the Chapter in this and 
in other directions with the happiest results. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vanleek Hill. — Septem- 
ber 1st. — Like a breath of the Scottish Highlands. If someone 
had spoken Gaelic it would not have surprised me. And it is 
not easy for a clansman to supress the emotion he feels after a 
long separation from similar associations. An earlier form of 
the Holy Royal Arch was presented. But in an effective way 
that could not have been surpassed by its younger competitor. 
There were Companions from Maxville and other towns, mak- 
ing a total attendance of 26. Ex. Comp. A. C. McRae occupied 
the chair. He is also Scribe E. of St. John's, esteemed for his 
kind-hearted fellowship and the valuable contributions he 
makes to the life of the Chapter. A capital story might be 
written about the Masonic treasures in these rooms. Regalia, 
furniture, charters, books and records of the long ago. We 
look confidently for expansion in St. John's as Vankleek Hill 
is the centre of a prosperous countryside and the present mem- 
bership is composed of some of the best men in the neighbour- 


Maple Chapter, No. 116, Carleton Place. — September 
6th. — Introduced by R. Ex. Comp. D. H. Mcintosh, and accom- 
panied by R. Ex. Comps. W. H. Hooper, J. P. Morrison, Fred 
G. Smith, and J. Conley and J. Anderson, P.G.D.C. Many 
Companions from Perth, Almonte, Renfrew, Ottawa and 
Cobourg were present. 

Scribe N., Comp. S. J. Berryman, might well exclaim, 
"Men may come and men may go, but I go on forever." This 
noble Companion has been Scribe N. for over 30 years, and we 
fervently pray that he may be spared for many more years. 

A member of this Chapter, the late Ex. Comp. A. H. Ed- 
wards, was an extensive traveller, who conceived the idea of 
making a collection of Chapter pennies and succeeded in 
accumulating 515 specimens from Chapters in Canada and the 
United States. These were presented this evening to Maple 
Chapter on behalf of the Estate of Ex.»Comp. Edwards by 
R. Ex. Comp. D. H. Mcintosh, when touching references were 
made to the fine character of the late Companion and a vote of 
thanks was passed to the Estate for their kindness. 

An interesting M.M.M. was exemplified in Maple Chapter's 
well known able manner. Ex. Comp. J. A. H. Swayne is an 
accomplished officer, surrounded by a group of equal ability so 
that the future of this Chapter is well assured. It is the home 
of R. Ex. Comps. D. H. Mcintosh, and W. H. Hooper, both of 
whom have distinguished themselves in capitular service. The 
former was Grand Superintendent in 1897 and from 1910 until 
1915 was District Secretary. Ex. Comp. H. E. Menzies, 
Scribe E., is courtesy personified and a very capable officer of 
records and accounts. 

Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, Renfrew. — Sept. 18th. 
— Smiling, Comp. J. L. Mayhew, Outside Guard, fifteen faith- 
ful years, and a warm welcome within. Home Chapter of Ex. 
Comps. J. P. Morrison, John Conley and W. H. McKay. . Ex. 
Comp. L. T. Williams and his officers exemplified the M.M.M. 
Degree in a satisfactory manner. Twenty-five members and 
visitors present. Chapter has fair prospects. Splendid quar- 
ters and the very best type of men who are hoping for more 
favourable conditions. Greater kindness never was shown 
than Bonnechere Companions have shown to me, and my sin- 
cere wishes are for their happiness and prosperity. 
Scribe E., Ex. Comp. L. Loken, is able and accurate. 

Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth. — October 
16th. — A wonderful meeting at my Home Chapter. No degrees 
but the best of friendship and fellowship. Comp. Dr. S. 
Davies delivered a stirring address which was the keynote of 
all those that followed. Ex. Comp. Wm. Kinloch has a com- 


petent group of officers and all the work of the Chapter is car- 
ried on efficiently and smoothly. Ex. Comp. Harry Dunne 
takes the places of Scribe E., made vacant by the removal of 
Comp. Hall. "Harry" is very capable and the office is safe in 
his hands. 

Thanks to Prince of Wales for favours during the year. 
Individually and collectively they were right behind me and 
made it less difficult for me to complete my duties. 

Laurentian Chapter, No. 151, Pembroke. — Here we had 
another semi-chapter of instruction. R. Ex. Comp. Cecil 
Bailey joined heartily in the work, and with the assistance of 
R. Ex. Comps. Morrison, Conley and McKay made the evening 
very enjoyable. Ex. Comp. T. Allan Brown, Z., and other 
officers live out of town, which makes it difficult for them to 
get together frequently, but they are holding the Chapter 
securely until good times come again and the flow of new mem- 
bership become more active. Comp. D. W. Blakely is 
an orderly and systematic Scribe E. 

At the conclusion of all the foregoing meetings banquets 
followed with the usual lists of toasts and addresses. The 
decorum of Companions was always exemplary, and the fellow- 
ship highly enjoyable. 

The mosaic of Ottawa District for 1933 is completed. In 
our eyes it is a beautiful design. It cannot be denied that there 
are shadows as well as lights. But the shadows are merely 
temporary clouds that will soon disperse and reveal the sun of 
progress and prosperity as in days gone by. It is a mosaic of 
harmony and friendship and fellowship, a mosaic as well of 
sober reflection upon the noble teachings of our Craft. Therein 
may be seen rich groupings of friendly counsel and cheerful 
assistance that did so much to help build a year of the greatest 
happiness. Therein can be seen brightly lighted halls and row 
upon row of Companions eagerly awaiting the message one 
had to deliver. There may be seen the moving lessons of our 
incomparable ritual. Therein can be seen animation in song 
and speech and story around many a generous banquet table 
with the approving glances of the Grand East as we humbly 
endeavoured to be true and faithful to our obligations. But 
above all else can be seen the hand of Almighty God directing 
the course of our movements as we committed ourselves sin- 
cerely to His Divine Will. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

Christopher McKay Forbes, 
Grand Supt. Ottawa District, No. 13. 

Perth, Ont., January 1st, 1934. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Having completed my duties as Grand Superintendent of 
Algoma District, No. 15, I have the honour to submit for your 
consideration my report on Capitular Masonry for this District 
for 1933. 

First of all, I wish to take this opportunity to express my 
sincere appreciation and thanks for the honour conferred upon 
me by the Chapters of this District in electing me to that high 
and important office of Grand Superintendent, and to express 
my thanks also to the Most Excellent the Grand First Princi- 
pal for confirming of same. I also wish to take this opportu- 
nity of acknowledging the many kindnesses and courtesies ex- 
tended to me by the officers and Companions of the different 
Chapters. Their efforts in looking after me during my visits 
made the discharge of my official duties a real pleasure and the 
origin of many new and valuable friendships. 

Alberton Chapter, No. 152, Fort Frances. — My first 
official visit was made to this my Mother Chapter 
on the evening of June 13th. I was introduced by V. Ex. 
Comp. A. H. Watson and Ex. Comp. H. F. Wees and received 
by Ex. Comp. Skrief and his officers in a manner befitting the 
Royal Craft. I had the pleasure of witnessing the exemplifica- 
tion of the Holy Royal Arch Degree in a manner that would do 
credit to any Chapter. Ex. Comp. Skrief and his officers are 
well skilled in their work. 

The records of the Chapter are kept in perfect condition by 
Comp. Angus, Scribe E., who takes a very keen interest 
in Royal Arch Chapter affairs. 

After the Chapter closed we all journeyed to Billy's Cabin 
on the banks of Rainy Lake, where a real feast and good time 
was waiting us. Alberton Chapter is very fortunate in having 
Ex. Comp. Pilkey on its register as he is ever ready at placing 
his cabins at the disposal of the Chapter for such occasions as 

Atwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainy River. — On June 15th 
I made my official visit to this Chapter and was accompanied 
by R. Ex. Comp. W. W. Wees, Ex. Comp. Skrief, Ex. Comp. 
Pilkey, and Comp. John Miller. 

I was introduced to the Chapter by R. Ex. Comp. Wees and 
received by R. Ex. Comp. McGregor, Acting First Principal, 
Officers and Companions in a most fitting manner. Owing to 
the absence of degree work and the intense heat in the Chap- 


ter room any remarks made were brief and on closing we 
adjourned to the cool basement of the United Church, where 
the ladies had prepared a light repast, and after a few remarks 
from different Companions a very pleasant evening was 
brought to a close. I found the records under the care of 
Comp. Ricci in very good condition. 

Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort William. — On the 
night of November 7th I made my visit to this Chapter, ana 
was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Watkins and was most 
heartily received by Ex. Comp. Middlemiss and Companions 
This being made the regular meeting night for November by 
dispensation, the evening was partly taken up by the election 
of officers for 1934, and I was very much impressed with the 
remarks made by the officers-elect, and if these promises are 
lived up to during their reign of office, I can only predict a 
banner year for Fort William Chapter, 

I was very much disappointed in not meeting the Scribe E., 
R. Ex. Comp. Coles, at this meeting, but on account of illness 
he was compelled to remain at home. On examining his books 
and records I found them in first class condition and posted to 
date. After the customary remarks in the Chapter room we 
adjourned to the banquet room, where R. Ex. Comp. Cameron 
saw to our wants in first class order. Fort William Chapter is 
very fortunate in having several of their Past Grand Superin- 
tendents who are still taking an active part. 

Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port Arthur. — On November 
8th I made my visit to Shuniah Chapter, No. 82. This is the 
largest Chapter in the District and has the largest member- 
ship. During the afternoon I had a very enjoyable visit with 
my immediate predecessor, R. Ex. Comp. Harold Stanworth, 
and R. Ex. Comp. A. P. Freed in the latter' s office in the 
Temple Building, and which gave me a chance of meeting 
some of the officers and Companions before the evening 

The Chapter opened at the usual hour, and I was intro- 
duced by R. Ex. Comp. S. W. Ray, that grand old man in 
Masonry, in Port Arthur who, though having passed his four- 
score years, is still very active not only in life but in all things 
pertaining to Masonry, and is always ready with his jokes and 
witty remarks, and my wish for R. Ex. Comp. Ray is that he 
be spared to have the opportunity of introducing many more 
Grand Chapter Representatives. 

I was royally welcomed by the Ex. First Principal, Ex. 
Comp. Foote and his officers and Companions. This night was 
also made the regular meeting by dispensation, and the princi- 


pal order of business was election of officers for the ensuing 
year, and the co-operative spirit that predominated with the 
officers-elect and the Chapter as a whole was very gratifying 
indeed, and speaks very well for the future of this Chapter. 

After addressing the Companions along the lines of 
humanitarianism, we repaired to the banquet hall, where lunch 
was served and a very enjoyable hour spent. 

On examination of the books and records they were found 
to be in perfect condition and in the hands of a very capable 
Scribe E.., R. Ex. Comp. Freed, and Shuniah Chapter is to be 
congratulated in having many of their Past Grand Chapter 
Representatives holding responsible offices and actively en- 
gaged in the workings of the Chapter. 

Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora. — Thursday afternoon, 
November 9th, I arrived in Kenora and was met at the train 
by a delegation of Companions and escorted to my rooms in 
the hotel and there we spent a most enjoyable couple of hours 
before dinner, at which I was the guest of Comp. Capt. 

At the hour of 8 p.m. the Chapter was opened in prescribed 
form, and I was introduced by V. Ex. Comp. Katz and V. Ex. 
Comp. Tate, and extended a royal welcome by Acting First 
Principal H. Taylor, officers and Companions. 

Having contracted a severe attack of laryngitis while at 
the head of the lakes, I was by this time unable to speak in 
much more than a whisper, and in view of this was kindly 
excused by the Companions from making any lengthy address, 
and to relieve the situation some of the Ex. Companions en- 
tered into a discussion on Capitular Masonry which was 
thoroughly enjoyed and was most instructive to all. 

Golden Chapter has suffered in the past two years for the 
want of candidates and through loss of membership, but with 
the New Year they are looking forward to a large increase 
which will put them back to their former standing. The even- 
ing concluded by gathering around the festive board and satis- 
fying our innermost feelings. 

I regret very much that I was unable to accept the kind 
invitation to be with Golden Chapter on that happy occasion 
on June 21st, 1933, when they celebrated their Golden Jubilee, 
and I can assure the Companions of Golden Chapter that my 
heart was with them on that memorable occasion though not in 

In conclusion, I again wish to thank the Companions of 
this District for the honour conferred, and I hope that I have 
carried out the wishes of the Most Excellent the Grand Z. I 


have had a most enjoyable year, have made a host of new 
friends, and bespeak for my successor the courteous assistance 
and support that I have enjoyed. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

Nelson Stanley Marsh, 
Grand Supt. Algoma District, No. 14. 

Fort Frances, Ontario. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

In submitting my report for the year 1933 it is my first 
and pleasing duty to express my deep and sincere appreciation 
of the signal honour which the Companions of New Ontario 
District, No. 15, conferred on me in electing me as their Dis- 
trict Grand Superintendent, which was confirmed by the Most 
Excellent the Grand Z. I sincerely trust that my humble en- 
deavours to perform the important duties connected with this 
honourable office have met with the approval of the Com- 
panions throughout the District and that their confidence in 
me has not been misplaced. 

I have visited all the Chapters in the District at least once 
officially during my term, and while I find that the depression 
has been responsible for a loss in membership there is still a 
great enthusiasm among all members of the Craft of all rank 
and degree with whom I have had the pleasure of speaking. 

Official Visits 

Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie. — I paid 
my official visit to this Chapter on June 2nd, accompanied by 
Most Ex. Comp. Dr. C. W. Haentschel, Grand First Principal, 
R. Ex. Comp. Dr. B. F. Nott, and V. Ex. Comp. A. J. Parr. 
After a most sumptuous banquet and many eloquent speeches 
we repaired to the Chapter room, where I was officially pre- 
sented to the Chapter by R. Ex. Comp. Dr. Goodfellow and 
most cordially received by Ex. Comp. Davidson, First Princi- 
pal. I then had the honour on behalf of Algonquin Chapter of 
welcoming the Grand First Principal. The Degree of the Holy 
Royal Arch was most impressively conferred and the beauty 
and dignity of its teachings were well brought out by each and 
every officer concerned. The Chapter is to be congratulated on 
its efficient staff of officers. 

Saint John's Chapter, No. 103, North Bay. — I paid my 
official visit to this, my Mother Chapter, on October 5th, and 
was very flatteringly introduced by R. Ex. Comp. T. M. Sale 
and received a most hearty welcome from Ex. Comp. E. L. 
Moore, First Principal, his officers and Companions. I wit- 
nessed the M.E.M. Degree, which was conferred in a most per- 
fect manner. The work of the whole staff of officers being 
given almost word perfect according to the revised ritual. 


Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury. — I paid my official 
visit to this Chapter on October 10th. This was the occasion 
of their Past First Principals' Nnight. Although no degree 
was conferred this evening, having had the pleasure of visiting 
Tuscan Chapter on previous occasions, I know that the work 
conferred by Ex. Comp. Clark and his efficient staff of officers 
is of a very high standard. I was officially presented to the 
Chapter by R. Ex. Comp. Stevenson and accorded a most 
cordial welcome by Ex. Comp. Bain, who was occupying the 
chair for the evening. The main event of the evening was the 
presentation of a suit of Grand Superintendent's regalia to 
R. Ex. Comp. Sarp, Tuscan Chapter's first representative, who 
was taken completely by surprise, but after recovering he gave 
us an excellent talk on the trials and tribulations of the Chap- 
ters in the early days in this north country. 

Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, Mattawa. — I paid my official 
visit to this Chapter on October 17th, accompanied by six 
Companions of Saint John's Chapter. This is the Home Chap- 
ter of the Grand Z., Most Excellent Companion Dr. C. W. 
Haentschel. The resident membership is small, although finan- 
cially this is the strongest Chapter in the District. No formal 
meeting was held owing to the majority of the members being 
too far away. However a gathering of all the resident Com- 
panions took place in the Chapter room after a splendid sup- 
per had been served by the wives of the Companions. I feel 
that our visit to Mattawa was one of profit and pleasure to all. 

My last official act was to install the officers of Saint John's 
Chanter, No. 103, on December 7th, being ably assisted by 
R. Ex. Comp. Sale and V. Ex. Comp. Torrance. 

I have refrained from mentioning the work of any parti- 
cular Scribe E. in my report, but desire to pay tribute to them 
as a whole. I have found them hard working, conscientious, 
and zealous officers, ever working in the interests of the Royal 
Craft. The prescribed books of all the Chapters are well and 
properly kept. All the Chapters are using the last authorized 
form of the ritual and are endeavouring to conform to the 
approved pronunciation. Peace and harmony and a splendid 
feeling of fellowship prevail throughout the whole District. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my sincere appreciation 
of the services of R. Ex. Comp. Dr. B. F. Nott as District Sec- 
retary. He has performed his duties in a most efficient and 
commendable manner and has rendered me invaluable assist- 
ance during my term of office. 


It is not without a tinge of regret that I prepare to hand 
over the office to my successor. If he experiences only a small 
portion of the pleasure which has been mine I believe he will 
be amply repaid for all the time and effect he may devote 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

F. C. J. Foster, 
Grand Supt. New Ontario District, No. 15. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with very much pleasure I submit herewith report of 
visits of inspection made to the six Chapters comprising 
Temiskaming District, No.. 16. In doing so I wish once more 
to express my most sincere thanks and appreciation to the 
officers and Companions of each Chapter in the District for 
electing me to this high and important office, also to the M. Ex. 
the Grand First Principal for confirming such election and 
later coming to my own Home Chapter and installing me as 
Grand Superintendent. 

My first official act was the appointment of Ex. Comp. W. 
G. Nixon to the office of District Secretary. Ex. Comp. Nixon 
is well and favourably known throughout the District, and I 
owe much to him for the assistance he has so kindly and will- 
ingly given me during my term of office. 

Regular visits of inspection were made to the Chapters of 
this District, Temiskaming, No. 16, as follows: — 

Kirkland Chapter, No. 251. — On Wednesday evening, 
September 13th. — This Chapter misses and will miss the guid- 
ance of the late R. Ex. Comp. F. W. Haynes, who was the 
founder of Masonry in this great gold camp. The officers here 
are young and energetic and I can see a bright future for this 
Chapter. No degree work was available for this meeting as ii 
was the opening of the fall series. However from the efficient 
manner in which the business was carried on and the Chapter 
closed I could see that the officers were alert and efficient in 
every way. Five Companions from my Home Chapter accom- 
panied me on this visit, and after the closing all adjourned to 
the banquet room and enjoyed an hour of true Masonic fellow- 
ship. Books and records are O.K. R. Ex. Comp. W. Wees, a 
Past Grand Superintendent of Algoma District, No. 14, is now 
residing in this camp and will be a great help to the Chapter. 
I wish to take this opportunity of thanking him for his part in 
installing the officers for 1934. 

On Tuesday evening, September 19th, I visited Cobalt 
Chapter, No. 203, being accompanied on this visit by eight 
Companions of my own Chapter. As at Kirkland this was the 
opening of the meetings for the fall term and no degree work 
was presented. This being the Home Chapter of our Grand 
First Principal, it is needless for me to say that the officers 
here have been well schooled. Fourteen past or present Prin- 
cipals were in attendance here. The business was carried out 


in a most efficient manner, and from my previous knowledge 
of Cobalt Chapter I have no hesitation in saying that they are 
most efficient in ritualistic work. The books are all kept in 
fine order by the Scribe E. With the able assistance of several 
Past Principals I installed the new officers here on Tuesday, 
December 19th. 

Wednesday evening, Sept. 20th I visited Northern Lights 
Chapter, No. 213, at Timmins, being accompanied on my visit 
here by the District Secretary, Ex. Comp. W. G. Nixon. This 
Chapter has hardly felt the strain of economic affairs situated 
as it is in one of the brightest spots of the Dominion at the 
present time. The Chapter here is in a thriving condition, 
headed by efficient, alert officers and has an excellent meeting 
place. The Royal Arch Degree was conferred on two candi- 
dates in a most impressive manner, with full musical ritual. 
Books and finance here are in excellent condition. After the 
close of the Chapter all Companions adjourned to the banquet 
room, where the regular toast list was presented and a most 
pleasant hour was spent in real fellowship. Companions from 
Iroquois Falls and Cochrane came over in goodly numbers to 
this meeting. 

The District Secretary, Ex. Comp. W. G. Nixon, accom- 
panied me on my visit to Cochrane Chapter, No. 244, on Thurs- 
day evening, Sept. 20th. I wish to thank the officers of Coch- 
rane Chapter for calling an emergent meeting in order that I 
might complete my visits to the north end of the District in 
one trip. The building in which the Chapter has been meeting 
has been condemned and the meeting place is to be changed as 
soon as a new building, under construction now by the Craft 
Lodge, is ready for occupancy. The Companions here are 
enthusiastic over the prospect of a new meeting place. No 
degree work was presented but I could see that the officers 
were enthusiastic and efficient. A friendship hour was spent 
after the meeting and the Cochrane Companions proved them- 
selves most hospitable hosts. The books and records are all in 
fine shape. Several Companions from Iroquois Falls came 
over for this meeting. 

Since writing the above I learn, that the Cochrane Com- 
panions are now settled in their new quarters. 

On the evening of Friday, Sept. 21st, I visited Abittibi 
Chapter, No. 223, at Iroquois Falls. After being formally re- 
ceived and comfortably seated I listened to three very instruc- 
tive addresses given by members of Abittibi. The one by R. 
Ex. Comp. Jas. R. Spence, on "The History of Royal Arch Ma- 
sonry in Canada" being particularly instructive. The Com- 


panions here are making good use of the lull in degree work, 
which is so prevalent during these strenuous times, by putting 
on a series of educational talks on subjects pertaining to 
Capitular Masonry. This is all to the good and I think might 
well be recommended to Subordinate Chapters by Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. F. K. Ebbit is Acting First Principal here m 
the absence of the elected First Principal, and is putting all of 
his old time vim into the work. After the meeting all adjourn- 
ed to the banquet room, where the usual toast list was given 
with the Acting First Principal as toast master. . Several 
Companions, from both Northern Lights and Cochrane, made 
this meeting their opportunity of fraternizing with the Com- 
panions of Abittibi. Books and records here are in fine shape. 

My last official visit was made to my Home Chapter, Temis- 
kaming, No. 169, New Liskeard, on Wednesday evening, Octo- 
ber 4th. This is the Mother Chapter of the District, and I am 
well enough acquainted with the work done in this Chapter to 
report everything in good order. Twenty Companions at- 
tended this meeting, and after formal opening and reception 
the business of the meeting was proceeded with. This resulted 
in a general discussion along lines particularly relating to the 
difficulties, with which all fraternal societies, churches, and 
other organizations are operating at the present time owing to 
economic difficulties. The Companions of this Chapter are 
showing true Masonic spirit by remitting dues in several 
worthy cases for this year at least. 

Assisted by several Past Principals, I installed the 1934 
officers on the evening of Wednesday, December 6th. Books 
and records are O.K. 

On Friday, November 17th, the Companions of Cobalt and 
Temiskaming Chapters joined forces, meeting at Haileybury, 
and gave a complimentary dinner in honour of M. Ex. Comp. 
Dr. C. W. Haentschel, our Grand First Principal, and a most 
enjoyable evening was spent Approximately seventy mem- 
bers, everyone of whom claim Dr. Haentschel as a real Com- 
panion, sat down to a sumptuous dinner spread in the banquet 
room of the Haileybury Masonic Temple. Dr. Haentschel was 
presented with an address of appreciation by the two Chapters 

In conclusion, let me add that with the exception of the two 
Chapters situated in the gold camp, each Chapter in District 
No. 16 is facing identically the same problems, and these same 
problems prevail over the whole jurisdiction up to the present. 


I am pleased to report however that there is a feeling of 
optimism developing during the last few months, and now that 
we have definitely turned the corner, decided improvement is 
confidently expected. We have passed through the worst 
world depression that any of the present generation have ever 
experienced. Masonry has always survived such strenuous 
times, with her code of ethics sustained, and her morale un- 
shaken and will so do even in this last and worst of such con- 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

W. F. Fuller, 
Grand Supt. Temiskaming District, No. 16. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Tn submitting my report for the year 1933 it is my first 
and pleasing duty to express my deep and sincere appreciation 
of the honour which the companions of Klondike Chapter, No. 
154, conferred on me by electing me as Acting Grand Superin- 
tendent of the Yukon Territory, and to the Most Excellent 
Grand Z., Dr. C. W. Haentschel, for the confirmation of same. 

I had the pleasure of paying several non-official visits to 
Klondike Chapter, No. 154, it being my Mother Chapter, and 
the only one in the Yukon Territory. I am pleased to report 
harmony and concord prevailing and that general conditions 
are good considering the serious business depression through 
which we are passing. The business of the Chapter is con- 
ducted in a dignified and decorous way and the degrees are 
being exemplified in an impressive and creditable manner. 

The outstanding event of the year was the official visit of 
our beloved Most Excellent Grand Z., Dr. C. W. Haentschel, on 
the 29th day of August last. The Companions of Klondike 
Chapter felt particularly honoured as it was the first time in 
its 27 years' existence that a Grand Z. had visited them 
officially. We were favoured with an excellent and inspiring 
address by the Grand Z., which was well received and much 
appreciated by the Companions present. The Grand Z. was 
accompanied by Ex. Companion Andrew Henderson, Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of British Columbia 
who at that time was visiting officially the lodges in this 
northern part of the jurisdiction. After the Chapter was 
closed the Grand Z. and visitors spent a short time in the 
Chapter room getting acquainted and then repaired to the 
banquet room where a most inviting menu was prepared. 
After a pleasant social hour around the festive board this 
brought to a happy conclusion the official visit of Most Ex- 
cellent Companion Dr. C. W. Haentschel, Grand Z. 

In conclusion I wish to make special mention of the kind- 
ness of the Companions of my Chapter and am glad to report 
that notwithstanding the adverse conditions prevailing the 
selection of splendid officers for the ensuing year justifies the 
belief that the best traditions of the Order will be upheld and 
we anticipate prosperity in the future. May I bespeak for my 
successor the same courtesies extended to me during the past 
year. Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

John R. Fraser, 
Acting Grand Superintendent, Yukon Territory. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex Cowan, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, and — 

Resolved— That the reports of the Grand Superintendents of the 
Districts be- referred to the Committee on Condition of Capitular 
Masonry, to report later at this Convocation. 


Letters conveying regrets for non-attendance and convey- 
ing fraternal greetings were received from : — 

Most Worshipful Brother Frank A. Copus, Grand Master 
Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M., in the Province of Ontario. 

Most 111. Comp. Alex. Saunders, Past Grand Master of the 
Supreme Grand Council of the Western Jurisdiction of Can- 
ada Royal and Select Masters. 

Most Ex. Comp. Wm. T. S. O'Hara, General Grand High 
Priest, General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the 
United States of America. 

Most Ex. Comp. Robert G. Collins, Grand High Priest, 
Grand Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut. 

Most Ex. Comp. Ralph Lowe, Jr., Grand High Priest, 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Massachusetts. 

Right Ex. Comp. Edward Rolle, Grand Representative of 
the Grand Chapter of Canada, near the Grand Chapter of 
New York. 

Grand Chapter, British Columbia. 

Grand Chapter, Manitoba. 

Grand Chapter, Saskatchewan. 

Grand Chapter, Alberta. 

Grand Chapter, Nova Scotia. 

Grand Chapter, New Brunswick. 

Most Ex. Comp. Chas. H. Weaver, Grand High Priest, 
Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania. 

Most Ex. Comp. Chas. Hartung, Past Grand High Priest 
of the Grand Chapter of Idaho. 

Most Ex. Comp. Adrian A. Pierson, Grand High Priest, 
Grand Chapter of New York. 

From the Scribe E. of Kitchener, Chapter No. 117, 
Kitchener, City Clerk and Kitchener Board of Trade inviting 
Grand Chapter to meet at Kitchener in 1935. 

All of the above communications were ordered to be filed. 


Most Ex. Companion Walter Davis conveyed to Grand 
Chapter the most cordial and fraternal felicitations from our 
Senior Past Grand Z., Most Excellent Companion George 


Moore, of Hamilton, who was unable to attend on account of a 
severe cold. They were acknowledged by the Grand Z. with 
the wish that he may soon have a speedy recovery. 


Nominations were then called for by the Grand Z. for the 
elective officers of Grand Chapter, and the next place of meet- 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., and Companions of the 
Grand, Chapter of Canada: 

Your Committee on the publication of a booklet to com- 
memorate the 75th Anniversary of the formation of Grand 
Chapter of Canada beg to report that photographic cuts have 
been obtained of all Past Grand First Principals and the 
reading matter giving an historic account of the birth, growth 
and development of Grand Chapter has been prepared. 

For financial reasons the publication has been postponed, 
but your Committee feel strongly that further postponement 
is inadvisable because the booklet was authorized as a birth- 
day memorial and because it should in no small measure create 
and stimulate interest at a time when every effort should be 
made to assist Chapters in holding present and in securing 
new members. 

It is most desirable in the general interest of Capitular 
Masonry that interest be not weakened because of present 
business depression. 

The estimated cost of 30,000 copies is $2,500. 

Your Committee strongly urge immediate publication on 
completion of the manuscript and that free distribution to 
private Chapters shall be restricted to their membership at 
time of said distribution. Subsequent copies, if available, may 
be supplied at 25c. per copy. 

Fraternally submitted, 

W. H. Davis, 

W. N. Ponton, 

K. J. Dunstan, Chairman. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. K. J. Dunstan, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. W. H. Davis, and — 

Resolved, — That the recommendation and report of the Committee 
on the "Pictorial History" be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z. and Companions of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada: 

The Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 
beg to report as follows: — 

The following- motions will be submitted for consideration 
at this Annual Convocation : — 

Most Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S., will move, or cause 
to be moved: — 

That the following be added to Section 225 of the Con- 
stitution, line five, page 59, after the words "he is a mem- 
ber/' the date of his Raising. 

R. Ex. Comp. James Elgie will move, or cause to be 
moved: — 

1. To insert after Section 64 of the Constitution the 
following section: — 64a. (1) Grand Chapter may, upon 
the recommendation of the Grand Z., confer Honourary 
Membership in the Executive upon any member thereof, 
in recognition of his services, but at no time shall the 
total number of each honourary members exceed three. 

(2) Honourary members shall have the same rights 
and privileges as ordinary members of the Executive and 
shall retain their membership for such period as Grand 
Chapter may determine. 

Very Ex. Comp. Jas. W. Woodland, P.G.J.S., will move, or 
cause to be moved : — 

That the Per Capita Tax payable by the Constituent 
Chapters to the Garnd Chapter be revoked for the year 
1934 on its unemployed Companions who, through mis- 
fortune, are unable to pay their dues, provided that a 
satisfactory statement is furnished by the Constituent 
Chapters to the Grand Scribe E., under the Seal of the 
respective Chapters and signed by the First Principal and 
Scribe E., also that the Chapter have remitted their dues. 

There is no legal objection to the above-mentioned motions 
going before Grand Chapter. 

R. Ex. Comp. N. J. McAulay, from Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, 
gives notice, that he will move, or cause to be moved, the fol- 
lowing amendments to the Constitution of Grand Chapter: — 


1. PROXY.— This is to certify;— 

That at a : Convocation Chapter 

No held at on the day of _ 

A.D. 19 Ex. Companion _ , 

Principal of Chapter No. , was delegated to represent 

this Chapter at the Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter, 

to be held in the City of _ , Ontario, on the 

day of , 19 , and there to perform any and all acts 

which could be done by the duly qualified officers were 
they personally present, and acting- on behalf of the Chap- 
ter; promising to ratify and confirm all the said delegate 
may lawfully do under such authority. 

Given under our hands and the seal of the Chapter 

at this day of , A.D. 19 

A.L. 59 

_ Z. 

(Seal) Scribe E. 

I hereby accept the appointment 


Not valid unless duly completed. 

2. Section 75. (a) A Chapter may, by its vote properly 
certified by the Z. and Scribe E. under seal, delegate any 
Past Principal (duly returned), of the Chapter, to repre- 
sent it at any Convocation of Grand Chapter in the absence 
of the Z., H. or J. 

(b) No proxy shall be valid unless it is passed in open 
Chapter, and the Companion so delegated shall have signed 
his name in the Proxy previous to its being signed by the 
Z. and Scribe E. of the Chapter. 

(c) The name of the delegate shall be sent to the 
Grand Scribe E. at least thirty days before the Annual 
Convocation of Grand Chapter on the authorized Form. 

(d) No Companion can represent more than one Chap- 
ter, except in the District of Algoma and Yukon, where 
any Chapter may appoint a proxy a proxy resident in the 
District who is a duly returned Principal and such proxy 
shall not represent more than three Chapters. The Chap- 
ter in the Yukon may appoint a proxy from the outside, 
but preferably either from the city where Grand Chapter 
meets, or one of the Grand Council. 

3. Section 76. Add in the fourth line after Scribe E. 
the following words : "and the delegate" 


4. Section 77. Delete the whole section. 

5. Section 78. Delete the whole section. 

6. Section 79. Delete in the first line; the letter "S" 
in the word names, also the words "and the alternate." 

The above notice of motion was not given within the time 
prescribed by the Constitution and therefore cannot be con- 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 
Fraternally yours, 


Walter G. Price, 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Kenneth J. Dunstan, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Constitutions, Laws 
and Jurisprudence, be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

The Committee to whom the Grand Z. referred the com- 
munication from the Grand Chapter of New South Wales re- 
questing the Grand Chapter of Canada to sever fraternal re- 
lations with the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland outlines 
the nature of the unhappy condition of Royal Arch Masonry 
in New South Wales as drawn from the proceedings of the two 
Grand Bodies. 

Scotland maintains that the Grand Chapter of New South 
Wales represents only a diminishing minority of Royal Arch 
Masons in that State. The relative number of Chapters being 
139 under Scotland and 76 under the local Grand Body. Scot- 
land desires joint recognition and fraternal relations. The 
Grand Chapter of New South Wales demands sole sovereignty. 

The local Grand Chapter passed resolutions renouncing all 
fraternal relations with Chapters under the Scottish jurisdic- 
tion and forbidding all Masonic intercourse until Scotland 
recognized their sole sovereign rights. 

Scotland declines to take action contrary to the wishes of 
the strong and influential Chapters which wish to remain under 
their jurisdiction. 

The complete system of degrees would have to be sacrificed 
as under the Scottish and Irish jurisdictions the R.A. series 


consists of the Mark, Ex. Master and R.A., whereas under the 
local Grand Body the R.A. is the only degree. Under the 
Scottish the dais is unrestricted whereas under the local Grand 
Chapter a provincial must have been an installed Master in a 
Craft Lodge. A basis of union was proposed by a conference 
held in 1930 but was not acceptable to the District Grand 
Chapter under the Scottish Supreme Body and the Grand 
Chapter of New South Wales decided that the only course was 
to again approach the Grand Chapter of Scotland direct and 
ask the Grand Chapters of the world to support their cause. 

The lack of agreement is between the District Grand 
Chapter loyal to Scotland and the local Grand Chapter. The 
trouble is therefore internal and domestic. 

Your Committee are of the opinion that, while a settle- 
ment is most desirable, it can only be brought about by the 
local Bodies themselves and that any interference, direct or in- 
direct, on our part will not contribute to the desired result. We 
strongly recommend that we should not accede to the request 
to sever fraternal relations with the Grand Chapter of Scot- 
land with whom we are and would wish to continue on terms 
of warm Masonic friendship. 

This recommendation is in harmony with the resolution of 
the Supreme Grand R.A. Chapter of Queensland, Australia 
unanimously passed in 1933 which read "That the Supreme 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland having fully con- 
sidered all the available documentary evidence cannot accede 
to the request of the Supreme Grand Chapter of R.A. Masons 
of New South Wales." 

Because of its close proximity to New South Wales, this 
action of Queensland is particularly valuable in assisting 
distant Grand Chapters in deciding what course. 

Fraternally yours, 


W. H. Davis, 
George Moore, 
John A. Rowland, 

It was moved by Most Ex. Comp. K. J. Dunstan, seconded 
by Most Ex. Comp. W. H. Davis, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Special Committee re the Grand 
Jurisdiction of New South Wales be received and adopted. 


Grand Chapter was called at 9.45 p.m. from labour to en- 
able the Companions and their ladies to enjoy a social evening 
at the Ball Room, * 'Hotel Manitonna" ; provided by the Com- 
panions of Brockville and District. 

Labour Resumed, Wednesday, February 28th, 1934 

At 10.00 a.m. the Grand Chapter resumed labour. 

The nominations for Grand Superintendents were sub- 
mitted to the M. Ex. the Grand Z., who was pleased to approve 
in each case, and the following' selections were confirmed. 

Grand Superintendents — 1934 

R. Ex. Comp. Kiel Hillier, M.D St. Clair District No. 1 

Box 335, Leamington, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Sam McCoy London " " 2 

563 Rosedale Ave,, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George M. Mather Wilson " " 3 

585 Princess Street, Woodstock, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Mortimer Henry Smith Wellington " 4 

506 Queen St., Preston, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn Frederick Stephens Hamilton " 5 

52 Markland Street, Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Wesley Joynt Huron " " 6 

Box 231, Lucknow, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James C. Gothard Niagara " " 7 

59 Asker Street, Welland, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Carl E. Hill, M.D Toronto East " " 8 

Lansing, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Davidson Toronto West " " 8a 

Box 670, Brampton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ewart Leslie Vanstone Georgian " " 9 

976 — 6th Avenue, East, Owen Sound, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Thomas McKim Ontario " " 10 

Colborne, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Thompson McKenzie Prince Edward " " 11 

Napanee, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Cavanagh St. Lawrence " " 12 

Jelyby, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Thomas Jackson Ottawa " " 13 

82 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ven. Archdeacon Joseph Lofthouse.—Algoma " " 14 

Kenora, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William James Warwick New Ontario " " 15 

Box 112, Coniston, Ont. 
R. Ex. Oomp. Harold E. McGill Temiskaming " " 16 

Cochrane, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Halliburton Yukon Territory 

Dawson, Yukon Territory. 

The newly-elected Grand Superintendents were subsequent- 
ly given the necessary instructions as to duties pertaining- to 



their office, by the Grand Scribe E., M. Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith, and the Grand Lecturer, R. Ex. Comp. Morgan Griffith. 


February 1st, 1933, to January 31st, 1934. 

Received by Grand Scribe 

E. from Chapters on 

account of Dues, Fees, 

etc $10,840.88 

Interest on Investments 

and Bank Balances 4,658.15 


Amounts paid — Cheques 

and Cash . $19,509.61 

Benevolent Grants 2,470.00 

Excess Receipts over 

Payments 2,519.42 

See below (A) 



Investments — Feb. 1st, 
1933, at cost per last 

accounts $84,353.70 

Purchases — 

2,500 Canadian Na- 
tional Railway 5%, 

1954 (cost) 2,518.75 

3,000 Dominion of Can- 
ada 4V 2 %, 1958 2,919.00 


Investments — Jan. 31st, 
1934, at cost, as per 
schedule $89,791.45 



January 31st, 1934, Capital : 

At Canadian Bank of Commerce — Current $ 7,304.82 

Savings 1,780.70 

Incidentals Account — Cash on Hand 1.12 

$' 9,086.64 
Investments 89,791.45 

February 1st, 1933, Capital : 

At Canadian Bank of Commerce $ll,991.13i 

Incidentals Account — Cash on Hand 13.84 

Investments - 84,353.70 


Increase see above (A) 

$ 2,519.42 



Cost Par Value 

City of Hamilton Debenture, Interest 5%, payable 
half-yearly, May 1st and' November 1st; due 
May 1st, 1949. (Registered as to principal) $ 4,001.20 $ 4,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Conversion Loan Bonds, In- 
terest 4 1 /&%, payable half-yearly, May 1st and 
November 1st; due November 1st, 1958. 
(Fully registered) 3,135.00 3,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Conversion Loan Bonds, In- 
terest 4%%, payable half-yearly, May 1st and 
November 1st; due November 1st, 1959. 
(Fully registered) , 73,237.50 72,000.00 

National Trust Company, Limited, Guaranteed 
Trust Certificate, Interest 5%, payable half- 
yearly, January 30th and July 30th; due Janu- 
ary 30th, 1936. (Fully registered). Bought 
January 30th, 1931 2,000.00 2,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Natnonal Loan, Interest 5%, 
payable half-yearly, May 15th and November 
15th; due 1941. (Fully registered) 1,980.00 2,000.00 

Dominion of Canada 4%% Bonds, Interest pay- 
able half-yearly, May 1st and November 1st; 
due 1958. (Principal registered) 2,919.00 3,000.00 

Canadian National Railway Bonds, Interest 5%, 
payable half-yearly, February 1st and August 
1st; due 1954. (Principal registered) 2,518.75 2,500.00 

$89,791.45 $88,500.00 

(Signed) E. J. Carter, C.A., Walter Price, 

Auditor. Grand Treasurer. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Royal Arch Masonry in this Jurisdiction has this year re- 
ceived a set-back in its membership, nevertheless I am pleased 
to report that almost every Chapter is now showing activity, 
which should in a very short time assist us to recover that loss 

The Scribe E. and his Duties 

There are a number of the Scribes E. who, although fre- 
quently reminded of their duties, forget to make prompt applica- 
tion for registration and certificate of their exalted candidates. 
This is a constitutional requirement and the persistent neglect 
is a violation of law. The newly exalted Candidate is en- 
titled to his credentials, yet some Chapter's Scribe E. 
hold back their report, sometimes for nearly a year, and then, 
only forwarding when compelled to, with their Annual Re- 

Chapter's Year 

The Constituent Chapter's year ends November 30th, and 
the annual report should be sent in immediately. December 
work belongs to the next year. I am sorry to state that this 
year, only after weeks of writing and wiring, did some Chapters 
respond to my request of sending in their returns. 


Our financial condition is, as you will later observe by the 
several statements, healthy and sound. All interest has been 
received and deposited to the credit of Grand Chapter. It will 
be noted that the amount received from the Constituent 
Chapters for the past year in fees and dues is $10,840.88, and 
interest on investments and bank deposit $4,658.15, making a 
total receipt of $15,499.03. The special credit allowed to the 
Chapters who remitted the dues of their unemployed Com- 
panions is $243.00. The balances owing by Constituent Chap- 
ters, January 31st, 1934, is $3,185.55. 

The whole is fully set forth in detail in the Annual State- 
ment attached. 

96 grand chapter of canada 

Present Standing of Membership 

The following table shows the present standing- of the 
membership of Grand Chapter: 

Number of Chapters „ 159 

Number of Members, November 30, 1932 24,068 

Number of Registrations, November 30, 1933... 270 

Number of Joinings, November 30, 1933 49 

Number of Restorations, November 30, 1933 30 


Number of Withdrawals, November 30, 1933 362 

Number of Suspensions, November 30, 1933 686 

Number of Deaths, November 30, 1933 348 



Making a Total Membership, November 30, 1933 23,021 

Net Additions. Net Removals. 

Ontario 343 1,394 

Yukon 6 2 

The Jurisdiction embraces 159 Chapters, November 30, 
1933, distributed as follows: 

Ontario 158 22,902 

Yukon 1 119 

159 23,021 




Details of Receipts and Ledger Balances. 

Year 1st February, 1933, to January 31st, 1934 

No. Chapter Amount 

1. Ancient Frontenac and 

Cataraqui $190.60 

2. The Hiram 137.50 

3. St. John's 297.50 

4. St. Andrew's and St. 

John's 120.10 

5. St. George's 14.30 

6. St. John's 160.00 

7. The Moira 2.00 

8. King Solomon's 115.50 

15. Wawanosh 298.70 

16. Carleton 160.80 

18. Oxford 114.50 

19. Mt. Moriah 108.80 

20. Mount Horeb _ 82.30 

22. Grenville 55.50 

23. Ezra 60.80 

24. Tecumseh 107.50 

26. St. Mark's 135.50 

27. Manitou 80.50 

28. Pentalpha 71.50 

29. MeCallum _ 51.00 

30. Huron _ 98.00 

31. Prince Edward 71.50 

32. Waterloo 71.00 

34. Signet - 72.50 

35. Keystone 64.00 

36. Corinthian 1.00 

37. Victoria 35.00 

40. Guelph 5.00 

41. Harris _ 52.10 

44. Mt. Sinai 56.10 

45. Excelsior _ 1.50 

46. St. James 78.00 

47. Wellington , 132.00 

48. St. John 57.50 

53. Bruce 78.00 

54. Palestine _ 159.00 

55. Niagara - _.. 39.00 

56. Georgian 43.00 

57. King Hiram 48.50 

58. Pembroke 7.00 

59. Sussex 99.70 

60. Doric _ - ....... 28.50 

61. Granite 28.00 

62. York 67.80 

63. Havelock 2.90 

04. Willson 91.50 

65. St. Paul's 64.50 


Debits Credits 

$ 9.00 



$ 94.50 
































66. The Mallooh 36.70 .50 «. $ 2.00 

67. Enterprise 49.00 41.50 

68. Maitland 22.00 .50 

69. Grimsby 47.00 1.50 

70. Grand River 15.50 

71. Prince of Wales 1.50 49.50 

72. Keystone 49.50 .50 

73. Erie 72.40 5.00 5.50 

74. Beaver 54.50 

75. St. Clair 6.50 42.00 .....'. 

76. Mount Nebo _ 26.50 62.00 

77. Occident 193.50 23.50 . 

78. Minnewawa _ 61.50 49.50 

79. Orient 15.60 5.50 69.50 

80. Ark „ 427.20 

81. Aylmer 52.00 

82. Shuniah 179.50 6.40 . . . 

83. Ionic 56.50 

84. Lebanon 47.50 _ 

86. Macpherson 20.50 „ 

88. MacNabb 44.00 

90. Golden _ 82.50 

91. Antiquity 211.30 8.50 67.00 

94. Midland 79.90 

95. Tuscan 122.50 1.00 

100. St. Lawrence 80.60 ,. 

102. Algonquin 150.00 

103. St. John's 60.50 .50 

104. White Oak 33.00 .50 33.00 

110. Warkworth 31.50 

112. St. John's 42.50 

113. Covenant 97.80 «. 

114. Bonnechere 35.50 

115. Brant 68.00 

116. Maple 48,00 

117. Kitchener 136.80 _ 

119. King Cyrus 65.10 58.50 

129. Elliot 58.60 

130. Chantry 2,5.50 * 

131. Amabel 22.00 1.50 

132. Leeds 51.00 4.00 

133. St. Francis 99.00 

134. King Darius 25.00 2.00 - 

135. Succoth 70.60 - 

138. Shekinah 20.00 95.50 

139. St. Andrew's 32.60 3.00 .50 

140. Fort William 253.30 1.50 

143. Glengarry 20.00 

144. Presqu 'Isle 23,50 

145. The St. Patrick 306.90 20.00 

146. Bernard 65.50 10.70 

147. Lucknow 31.00 1.00 

148. St. John's 23.50 

149. Atwood 36.50 

150. London 115.50 

151. Laurentian _ 43.00 41.00 

152. Alberton 78.50 


153. Sombra -... 

154. Klondike 

155. Ancaster 

161. Madoc 

163. The Beaches 

164. Lome _ 

167. Kichikewana 

168. Ionic 

169. Temiskaming 
175. The Hamilton 

184. Hugh Murray 

185. Toronto 

195. Peel 

198. Couchiching 

203. Cobalt 

205. Victoria 

210. Kitchener 

212. Mount Sinai 

213. Northern Lights . 

214. Vimy 

215. Mimico 

217. St. Alban's 

218. Prince Edward .... 

219. Ulster 

220. Lebanon 

22:1. Durham 

222. Ottawa 

223. Abitibi 

224. Keystone 

225. Beaver 

226. Prince of Wales .. 

227. Quinte Friendship 

230. Port Credit 

231. The St. Clair 

232. King Cyrus 

233. Oakwood 

234. Halton 

235. Aurora 

236. Caledonia 

238. The St. Andrew 

239. Blenheim 

240. Smithville 

241. University ... 

242. St. Paul's 

243. McKay 

244. Cochrane 

245. Preston 

246. Humber 

247. Nilestown 

248. Dochert 

249. Palestine 

250. Thomas Peters' .. 

251. Kirkland 





















































































252. Hiawatha 52.30 LOG 

253. Regal 34.30 

$10,654.28 $243.00 $3,194.75 $ 30.20 

Sundries 186.60 24.00 3.00 

Interest 4,658.15 

$15,499.03 $243.00 $3,218.75 $ 33.20 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Grand Scribe E. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, and — 

Resohed, — That the Statement of the Grand Treasurer and the 
Grand Scribe E. for the year 1933 be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 


This Companion was charged by Comp. Fred. Power with 
misappropriation of funds of King- Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, 
while occupying the position of Scribe E. of said Chapter. 

The charge was read at the regular meeting of the Chapter 
on the first of June, 1933, which charge was regularly accepted 
by the Chapter, and October 9th, 1933, at 7.30 p.m. at Parkdale 
Masonic Lodge, 10 Lansdowne Ave., Toronto, fixed for the 
time and place for the trial of said charge. 

In the meantime Companion William Ogilvie was appointed 
by Ex. Comp. C. J. Steene, then First Principal of the Chapter, 
to investigate the books of Comp. Hills and his report was 
presented to the Chapter to the effect that during the years 
1931, 1932 and 1933 approximately the sum of three hundred 
dollars had been misappropriated by the Companion and not 
accounted for to the Chapter. 

In addition to this amount several other accounts were 
claimed to have been paid by the Companion but no vouchers 
appeared for same. 

Comp. Hills was regularly notified by registered letter by 


Comp. Carrie, acting Scribe E. on August 4th, 1933, that a 
charge of unmasonic conduct had been laid against him and 
of the date and place of the hearing of the charge. 

The trial appears to have been regularly held on the date 

Comp. Hills did not appear in answer to the notice and 
Very Ex. Comp. E. J. Luttrell was appointed to act for him in 
his absence. On the question of guilty or not guilty being put 
to the Chapter it was found on a ballot being taken that the 
charge had been sustained and the brother found guilty. 

On a further ballot being taken as to indefinite suspension 
the ballot was found favourable and on a further ballot being 
taken the accused was recommended to Grand Chapter to be 

Comp. Hills was duly notified by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith, Grand Scribe E., by registered letter dated January 
8th, 1934, of the recommendation of the Chapter as to his ex- 
pulsion and also notified him that the matter would come be- 
fore the Committee on Grievances and Appeals at 2.30 o'clock 
in the afternoon on Tuesday, February 27th, 1934, at Hotel 
Manitonna, Brockville, Ontario. He did not appear. 

Your Committee concur in the finding and recommendation 
of the Chapter and, therefore, recommend that . he be ex- 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

Alex. Cowan, Chaimarn. 
F. G. McLean, 
W. A. Mathieson, 
J. W. Ault, 
Jno. F. Mark, 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Grievances 
and Appeals be received and adopted. 






To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

We find such a large list of Worthy Companions that it 
would be impossible to mention each one. It is with deep re- 
gret that we have to report so very many of our beloved Com- 
panions that have gone to that great beyond since our last 

How we shall miss those familiar faces that we have seen 
long since and lost awhile — 

"They are passing away — 
Those dear old 'Companions' 
Like leaves on the current cast ; 
With never a break in the rapid flow. 
We watch them as one by one they go 
Into the beautiful past." 

We have lost 254 Companions from our own jurisdiction 
and from the jurisdictions of the United States of America 30 
Grand Chapter officers. 

To these sister jurisdictions we extend our heartfelt 

"Mourn not the dead whose lives declare 

That they have nobly borne their part, 
For victory's golden crown they wear, 

Reserved for every faithful heart ; 
They rest with glory wrapped around, 

Immortals on the scroll of fame; 
Their works, their praises shall resound, 

Their name — an everlasting name." 

Signed on behalf of the committee. 

M. E. Sherwood, Chairman. 

R. S. Clark, 

E. McK. Wansbrough, 

C. Vincent Wilson, 

W. J. Fuller. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. M. E. Sherwood, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Fraternal Deal be 








Chapter DEATHS 

R. J. Gardiner; G. L. VanHorne; G. W. Castle. 
G. Smith; G. E. Evans; G. E. Hacker; I. Blumenthal; L. G. Lee. 
J. H. Wilson; H. J. Childs; A. A. Harrison; A. B. Nichols; T. H 
Lugg; E. C. Roden. 
No. 4. E. Parker; H. Field; J. T. Thompson; W. P. Henderson; G. A. 

Slater; G. W. C. Reed. 
No. 5. Wm. C. Slyford; G. E. Dayton; J. A. Brownlee; J. Dambra; 
A. P. Fair; W. A. O'Dell; W. W. Gammage; T. C. Welch; 
J. D. Aitken. 
No. 6. W. E. Bishop; J. W. Bousfield; J. H. Barnard; A. Cameron; 
W. J. Constable; W. Durden; J. Dickson; A. Doherty; 

F. G. Forster; G. D. Farmer; W. Gilliland; J. F. Holman; 

G. N. Hobbs; C. Maginniis; J. W. Nelson; W. H. Wilson; 
G. J. Reid; C. E. Thomas; W. Porter; G. H. Britton; J. T. 
Wilson; A. Rogers. 

R. D. Ponton; J. L. Chatterton. 

W. P. Groves. 

W. B. Beatty; T. H. Cook; D. Beeson; A. Johnston, 

P. S. Corbett; R. E. Cook; F. Barnes; D. Tilley; E. B, 

Burnett; G. Glendenning. 
Jno. Rush. 

E. H. Woodruff; L. E. Marshall; D. Walker; J. D. Lynn; 
J. H. Ingersoll. 

F. S. Blain; E. J. Marsh; J. S. Rowe; J. A. Virtue; T. Kerr; 
C. R. Vanfleet. 

W. Smail; W. P. Landers; A. T. Harper; H. L. Shannon. 

A. W. Smith; P. G. Pearce. 

W. A. Morrison; J. Collins; E. A. Robertson; H. Denroche. 

J. McColl; J. F. Hendricks; J. S. Jackson; A. M. Arthur. 

M. C. Cameron; M. Henderson; W. DeNure; W. F. Turner. 

Wm. Merritt. 

A. H. Pringle; R. C. Smith. 

A. S. Chrystal; J. G. Phipps; J. W. Taylor. 

W. H. Williamson; H. Reynies; E. L. Hubbs; J. M. Palmer; 

N. J. Dingman. 
J. H. McGregor; M. A. Secord. 
J. J. D. Banting; J. Swartman. 

G. W. Every; T. A. McGilvary; E. Odell; T. Judd; J. A. 
Connor; J. King. 

F. H. Christmas; A. E. Caddy; T. E. Bradburn. 
W. A. Blood. 
R. V. Gemmell; H. H. Burrows. 

G. M. Cox; H. Daly; W. F. Kelly; T. Lewis; W. Tuckett; 
C. Shorey. 

O. C. Pomery. 

H. P. Montgomery; W. E. Gunby; B. F. Brown; B. C. 

Redduck; F. E. Steinke; J. A. Smith. 
G. P. Strong; T. C. Lapp; W. H. A. Semple. 
M. Smith; A. M. McQueen. 
F. W. Cowley; F. W. Arnold; J. A. Campbell; W. A. 

Caughill; A. M. Pettet; C. A. Taylor; N. W. L. Ford; 

J. F. Patton; W. McGaw; W. E. Hastings; E. C. Caldwell. 
J. H. Rutherford; A. A. Cameron. 
DeWitt Carter. 

N. Kelly; E. Price; A. Wilkinson; A. Urquhart. 
W. A. Ewing. 



































































No. 61. W. L. Cochrane. 

No. 62. T. W. Horn. 

No. 63. W. J. Morrison. 

No. 64. R. Toyne; H. G. Keenan; W. M. German; D. Ross; W. M. 

Hogue; W. F. Hardison; A. P. Forester. 
No. 65. T. D. Bailey; A. C. MeMaster; N. R. Miller; S. P. Small. 
No. 66. A. Barton; R. E. Cooper. 
No. 68. J. B. Love; S. Dool. 
No. 69. J. E. Scott; J. M. Stewart. 
No. 71. R. Mickle. 
No. 73. J. A. Stewart. 

No. 75. J. F. McCallum; G. H. Thompson. 
No. 76. J. Dupew; C. W. Cline; R. J. Lawlor. 
No. 77. G. M. Miller; W. J. Simpson; E. J. Repath; F. H. Deverell; 

D. C. Hosier; A. L. Lewis. 
No. 78. D. G. Gray; R. Sutherland; L. F. Lockhart; H. G. Glenn; 

C. Anderson; G. McEwan; J. Brown; G. L. Brown; D. N. 

McLeod ; W. Waugh. 
No. 79. J. C. Bennett. 
No. 80. W. T. Turner; A. B. Magee. 
No. 81. C. A. Emmett. 
No. 82. A. M. Frank. 
No. 84. M. Black. 
No. 88. B. B. Manning. 
No. 90. R. S. McKenzie. 
No. 91. E. Wettlaufer; N. M. Craig; M. C. Mowry; C. F. Mansell; 

R. Orr; W. Ryen; W. R. Watts; A. G. Fletcher; H. J. 

Pritchard; C. D. Stewart. 
No. 94. R. J. Patterson. 

No. 95. S. A. Wilkinson; H. W. McLaughlin. 
No. 100. W. H. Mowatt; J. E. L. Chatterton; E. S. Taylor; F. Wolt- 

hausen; L. Southworth; W. O. Price. 
No. 102. E. J. Downey; H. M. Miller. 
No. 103. D. T. Millard. 
No. 104. J. D. Willson, 

No. 110. T. G. Smith; W. Bensley; C. W. Smith. 
No. 113. J. Entwistle; G. A. Shaver. 
No. 114. J. C. L. Stevenson. 
No. 115. T. S. Davidson; A. Kay. 
No. 116. W. A. Nichols; A. H. Edwards. 
No. 117. C. W. Schiedel; G. E. Harper; C. R. Shantz; E. G. Smith; 

O. S. Schiefele. 
No. 119. K. Brown. 
No. 129. A. J. Blowes; G. C. Kidd. 
No. 131. John Johns. 
No. 132. W. F. Stevens; F. J. Skinner. 

No. 133. J. J. Gardiner; R. C. Oldham; G. J. House; N. Morris. 
No. 134. J. W. Barker. 
No. 138. C. H. Gilmour. 

No. 140. A. M. Frank; J. McAskill; J. B. Grummett. 
No. 145. J. J. Buchanan; G. E. Bell; W. J. Dunlop; J. W. Langskill; 

H. Ritchie; H. J. Pritchard; T. F. Sylvester; W. E. 

Smythe; H. E. Wright. 
No. 146. T. Blackmore. 
No. 149. G. C. Kudy; W. W. Weller. 
No. 150. T. Coleridge; G. H. Vrooman; F. Larway. 
No. 151. E. M. Pink; Ira Acheson. 



No. 152. Geo. Campbell. 

No. 153. H. J. McDougall. 

No. 154. Emil Mohr. 

No. 155. G. H. Britton; E. R. Quaekenbush. 

No. 161. C. A. Laundry. 

No. 164. W. H. McLean. 

No. 167. E. Abbey; C. Fraser. 

No. 168. C. H. Nadoo; J. D. Gumming. 

No. 169. F. W. Haynes; G. J. Brett; M. B. Grover; W. W. Brennan. 

No. 175. C. W. Cartwright; H. G. McMahon. 

No. 184. H. G. Toyne; C. E. Robinson. 

No. 195. W. C. H. Swinburne. 

No. 198. R. Brillinger; A. W. Harvie; A. T. Carter; W. H. Tudhope. 

No. 203. Jno. Wright. 

No. 205. Robt. Fee. 

No. 212. J. Shier. 

No. 213. J. Swewan; Chas. Davidson. 

No. 215. T. Lowes; C. Harrison. 

No. 217. G. M. Train. 

No. 218. R. H. Galbraith. 

No. 219. W. J. Saunderson; H. Tuson; R. Laxton. 

No. 221. Jas. Burt. 

No. 222. G. C. York. 

No. 223. A. E. Brewer; F. E. Bell; F. Sandstrom. 

No. 224. A. Richards. 

No. 227. J. Elliott; R. D. Ponton. 

No. 230. W. F. Cotton. 

No. 231. A. E. Sanderson. 

No. 232. J. T. Hall; A. Fretwell; H. Hoops. 

No. 233. H. E. Wright; L. T. Veitch; W. A. Lewis, 

No. 234. D. A. McLaughton; H. A. Cox. 

No. 236. G. H. Britton. 

No. 238. A. Barber; J. Graham. 

No. 239. J. A. Campbell. 

No. 241. L. M. Cook; J. H. Pritchard; W. H. Stokes; W. D. Lindsay. 

No. 243. G. H. Britton. 

No. 246. J. A. Livingston. 

No. 245. Geo. H. Miller. 

No. 249. Thos. Annison. 

No. 250. W. T. Turner. 

No. 251. F. W. Haynes; W. R. Brennan. 

No. 252. W. B. Beatty; A. J. Best. 



Fraternal Dead 

Alberta— William Miller McNab, P.G.Z. 
Nova Scotia — Jacob Miller Owen, P.G.H.P.; Matthew 
Creelman Webster, P.G.H.P. 


Alabama— Leonidas W. Kolb, P.G.H.P. 

Arkansas— Edgar Allen McCullough, P.G.H.P. 

Illinois — Andrew J. Schattgen, P.G.H.P. 

Kansas — Perry Milo Hoisington, P.G.H.P.; William Frank 
March, P.G.H.P. 

Kentucky — John Crubbs Orndorff, P.G.H.P.; George Alex- 
ander Lewis, P.G.H.P. 

Louisiana — Brittain B. Purser, P.G.H.P.; Theodore Roehl, 
G.P. Soj. 

Minnesota — Thomas Morris, P.G.H.P. 

Nevada— Hosea Edwin Reid, P.G.H.P. 

Nebraska— Frank E. Bullard, P.G.H.P.; Benjamin F. 
Thomas, P.G.H.P.; Walter L. Spear, P.G.H.P. 

New York— George A. Newell, P.G.H.P. ; Alfred A. Adams, 

New Jersey — Charles R. Rinehart, P.G.H.P. 

Ohio— Orion P. Sperra, P.G.H.P. 

Oregon — Lot Livermore Pearce, P.G.H.P.; John K. 
Kollock, P.G.H.P. 

South Carolina — James Edwin McDonald, P.G.H.P. 

Tennessee — Charles Comstock, P.G.H.P.; James Harry 
Swan, P.G.H.P. 

Vermont — Henry Herbert Ross, P.G. Secretary. 

Virginia — Isaac Holcombe Adams, Jr., P.G.H.P. 

West Virginia— Luther Hale Clark, P.G.H.P. 

Wisconsin — Aldro Jenks, P.G.H.P.; Rockwell Flint, 
P.G.H.P.; Wingeld Warren Gilman, P.G.H.P. 

Wyoming— Elmer A. Kell, P.G.H.P.; William N. Scott, 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Your Committee on the Condition of Royal Arch Masonry 
once again present for your consideration, a resume of 
Chapter activities since last we gathered together in annual 

Despite an overcast sky and decidedly unfavourable 
economic conditions, Royal Arch Masonry still functions 
efficiently — suffering in common with all kindred organiza- 
tions, financially and numerically — yet continuing to exercise 
a wholesome influence in every community in which it is found. 

"Hope springs eternal in the human breast" is an age- 
worn axiom that aptly expresses the incentive that urges our 
depression-weary Companions to rally and take courage at a 
time when adverse conditions seem to have reached the satura- 
tion point. For some time past, pessimism has reigned supreme 
and among even the most stout-hearted, fear, apprehension and 
despair, have been rampant — but Hope, like a gleaming star 
twinkling as a beacon among the clouds strengthens our morale 
and leads us on and on. Illustrative of the truth of the lines — 
"Sweet are the uses of adversity" — we find that while we are 
subdued and chastened, yet are we encouraged and inspired. 
Optimism is in the ascendency, the clouds are shifting, and we 
can say in the immortal words of John Oxenham — 

"Watchman, what of the night? 
The ways are dark. 

Faith holds her wings and Hope, in piteous flight 
Has dimmed her radiant lamp to feebled spark. 
Love bleeding lies, 
But — I see the morning light". 

And so we trust that the day is not far distant when we 
too, shall see the morning light, and glory in that new day 
that shall record in the golden book of Fate, a triumphant 
victory over the evil forces that have dominated for the past 
three years, and usher in a new era that shall soon re- 
habilitate a weary world, bring order out of chaos, and estab- 
lish peace and happiness among all mankind. 

We are hopeful that out of the vicissitudes shall rise a 
new generation of builders who, upon the ashes of the past, 
shall establish a new condition among men — a condition in 
which we trust generosity and kindness shall dispose of greed 
and selfishness. Honesty and true value shall replace dis- 


honesty and inflation. A condition that shall be marked by 
unshakeable sanity, patience and good-will. The ebb and flow 
of everyday life will undoubtedly be responsible for further 
set-backs and reverses, but surely are we moving towards the 
sunlight of better times. The world is in the melting-pot — 
what was, is passing away. Transformation and changes of a 
major character are to be seen on all sides. Landmarks of 
yesterday are being torn up and tossed aside, no longer an 
accurate guide by which to steer our course. Instead, like 
pioneers blazing a trail, we are laying the foundation of a new 
highway of Life, over which posterity shall pass heedless of 
the pain, sacrifice and unhappiness which made necessary its 

In the scheme of things, changes are essentially necessary, 
and if there is one thing more characteristic than another of 
human life it is these constant and unexpected changes. Like 
the clouds in the western sky at even-tide, they alter their 
shape and colours to finally melt away into the greyness of 
the night. With confidence that we "progress through 
change" we view the future hopefully and with equanimity, 
secure in the knowledge that amid the shifting and treacher- 
ous sands our anchor still holds firmly and securely. 

With Hope as our guide and Faith as our watchword, we 
turn our eyes to the horizon whence comes the dawn of a 
new day, and as one we cry— "ALL'S WELL, GOD'S IN HIS 

Table of Statistics 

Number of Chapters - - 159 

Number of Members as at November 30, 19321 24,068 

Number of Registrations to November 30, 1933 270 

Number of Joinings to November 30, 1933 49 

Number of Restorations to November 30, 1933 30 


Number of Withdrawals to November 30, 1933 362 

Number of Suspensions to November 30, 1933 686 

Number of Deaths to November 30, 1933 348 

Net decrease - 1,047 

Total Membership as at November 30, 1933 - 23,021 

Consideration of the above figures clearly indicates a 
definite shrinkage in our membership. Many of our Com- 
panions have crossed that bourne from which no traveller re- 
turneth — others, through circumstances beyond their control, 
have been forced to retire from active membership — and as a 


result we find a substantial reduction in those who labour in 
the quarries of the Royal Craft. Despite this great loss., we 
take comfort in the knowledge that under the abnormal con- 
ditions prevailing, our loss in relation to the total member- 
ship is comparatively small. 

A reduction in man-power does not of necessity mean a 
lessening of the usefulness of the organization. On the con- 
trary, it merely suggests a further distribution of labour 
among those who remain. We may increase the burden but 
the heart is willing and we gather together our working tools 
and proceed with renewed vigour to do that which is expected 
of us. 

In the individual character of our adherents will be found 
our greatest strength. And this thought prompts the sug- 
gestion that the development of character provides a field 
of usefulness which we cannot afford to ignore. Present-day 
conditions demand a close scrutiny of those who knock upon 
our portals. Do they approach with proper motives? Will 
they stand the test of the Overseer's Square, or shall they be 
cast aside as unfit for that spiritual building, that house not 
made with hands? Once they are admitted, we assume the 
responsibility. Percept and Example are the best means of 

But what of our lives? Are they worthy of emulation? 
Do we keep ever before us the thought that the shadows are 
lengthening and the sands running low in the hour-glass of 
time? Our usefulness to these builders of to-morrow lies in 
our ability so to live that they may profit by our example. 
We may erect monuments of marble — proud triumphs of the 
sculptor's skill. Time will see them crumble up in the dust 
of decay. One thing alone survives, finer and more enduring 
than aught that human hands can fashion — the willing 
tribute to the untarnished integrity and ennobling unselfish- 
ness of our own lives. 

Numbers mean but little — character provides an indisput- 
able system of measurement that shall prove that, while 
numerically we are weakened, yet in all things that are funda- 
mental we should proclaim a healthy growth. 


''By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples". 

Somewhere it is written that while Faith and Hope them- 
selves shall die, deathless Charity still remains. How true 
these words at this time when Faith and Hope, faltering and 
weakened by the onslaught of continued adversity, have left 


increased space in our hearts and minds for greater deeds of 
Charity. From the information received and from personal 
observation, we have no hesitancy in saying that an over- 
whelming proportion of our constituent Chapters are com- 
posed of men who are sincerely endeavouring to demonstrate, 
not only within the precincts of the Chapter, but also in the 
outer world, the spirit and doctrines of good Masonry. To 
supplement this statement we are proud to record the fact 
that during the past year, our constituent Chapters gener- 
ously expended in benevolence, an amount approximated at 
$5,000.00 — surely a tangible evidence of a desire to serve in 
a day that is big with opportunity for service to our fellow- 

The great challenge to Masonry in all its branches and 
ramifications is found in the query — are you content to live 
upon the glory of the past? The achievements of our ancient 
brethren are as monuments erected in the hearts of men. 
They provide a tradition, a background, if you will — certainly 
a definite something to inspire and encourage the builders of 

We know and understand that there must be a develop- 
ment and extension of the moral and social life of man. That 
this institution antedates nearly all other societies and 
organizations is not sufficient to prove its usefulness. We are 
strong and influential but to what end if we fail in the exercise 
of the first principles of Masonry. It is not what our pre- 
decessors did but rather what we are doing that will prove 
that we are worthy successors to a long line of distinguished 
Royal Craftsmen who, while no longer with us, still live in 
all things that surround us. The world is progressing, condi- 
tions are changing, things that yesterday were but minor 
have become to-day of paramount importance. 

The Koran teaches us that Prayer carries us half-way to 
God, fasting brings us to the gate-way of His palace, but 
Charity alone can secure for us admission. Now, to a greater 
extent than ever before, there is a depth of mercy and com- 
passion, of relief and succor due to human-kind and payable 
from one man to another. Shall we as members of this great 
fraternity, fail, when on all sides kindred organizations are 
struggling to stem the tide and aid humanity to reach the 
higher level? The call of duty is insistently loud and our path- 
way clearly marked. That the beautiful lessons of the Royal 
Arch engender within the breasts of all its devotees, a desire 
to serve is evidenced by the active part that our Chapters are 
taking in the welfare of those who seek their aid. This is our 
mission, our bounden duty, and we should succeed because it 


is recognized that no charity can endure unless it flows from 
a sense of duty. All other human gifts and passions, though 
they advance nature, are subject to excess. In Charity alone 
we can admit of no excess. 

It is not to be expected that under present conditions we 
shall make great additions to our ranks, nor add to our store 
of wealth, but the time is most opportune for us to grow in 
deeds of kindness. The very conditions that retard our ma- 
terial growth provide the means for the development of still 
greater power and influence. 

Should the democracy of its Charity depart from Masonry, 
we should have little more than a cheerless remnant for our 
inspiration. There is little in life if we fail to live for one 
another as well as with one another, and the opportunity for 
such living must not be deferred if we hope to derive from 
Life its fullest fruition. Then, while we may, let us sew seeds 
of kindness and by an intensive cultivation endeavour to 
bring forth flowers of happiness and comfort to the aged and 
infirm — relief and gladness to the poor and needy — and in so 
doing prove our claim to rank as an institution founded upon 
and inspired by the word of Jehovah, the Great Master 

May the light of our good deeds shine before all men and 
in the practice of Charity may we advance the cause of this 
great Brotherhood and justify our existence by saying — "Ye 
sought my aid and I refused ye not". 

"Who seeks for Heaven alone to save his soul, 
May keep the Path, but will not reach the goal. 
While he who walks in Love may wander far, 
Yet God will bring him where the blessed are". 


Your Committee hesitate to step beyond their province by 
any comprehensive survey of the finances of Grand Chapter. 
Other Committees will present reports dealing with this 
important phase of our work — yet a passing reference may 
not be out of place, especially when our comment is to con- 
gratulate those charged with the responsibility of Grand 
Chapter's fiscal affairs. Their reports will undoubtly prove 
most gratifying to the members of this Grand Body and will 
amply justify the confidence which has been reposed in them. 

If all the affairs of Grand Chapter were in the same sound 
and satisfactory condition, we should have very little cause 
for concern. Unfortunately, stern duty demands that we 
should refer to other matters which, although somewhat dis- 
tasteful, are nevertheless extremely vital to the Royal Craft 
as a whole. 


We find from statistics supplied that the comforting 
financial status of Grand Chapter is not reflected in the con- 
stituent units of our organization. The economic life of many 
of our subordinate Chapters is a matter of grave concern. 
The officers have found it increasingly difficult to meet their 
financial obligations due to the scarcity of new members and 
the perplexity in dealing with the unprecedented arrearage 
of yearly dues. 

Many Chapters have taken advantage of the moratorium 
enacted at the last Convocation of Grand Chapter, but while 
this relieves them of payment of Grand Chapter dues, in the 
case of Companions who are financially unable to meet their 
assessments, the operating expenses of the Chapter, with this 
exception, remain the same. As these Companions are being 
carried without dues, the loss of revenue is very considerable 
and the Chapter resources severely taxed. 

This, however, is a condition which we gladly accept if in 
so doing we retain the active interest and attendance of a 
large number of members who otherwise would be denied the 
privilege of Masonic intercourse. It would appear necessary, 
if our Chapters are to carry these Companions, that the re- 
mainder of the membership should promptly discharge their 
financial obligation to their respective Chapters. 

We regret that reports before us would indicate a tardi- 
ness and indifference on the part of some, while many are 
wilfully negligent. Surely these men who have taken upon 
themselves the moral obligations of Royal Arch Masonry, are 
not taking advantage of the stress of the day in the hope 
that their failure to respond to repeated appeals may be 
attributed to the existing conditions that obtain in "the outer 

The statistical reports before us indicate that 4,083 Com- 
panions were in arrears at the close of November last. This 
arrearage amounts to the huge sum of $60,123.85. While we 
are confident that many have since liquidated their dues, we 
are strongly of the opinion " that the amount outstanding is 
still of alarming proportions and calls for an intensive study 
of this great problem. 

We can only reiterate the comment made in our last re- 
port and say, that dues are the most potent difficulty of Chap- 
ter administration. Relief can come from one source alone. 
Our membership must be brought to a realization of their re- 
sponsibility in this regard, and we suggest that Committees 
formed for the purpose of personally interviewing delinquents, 
is perhaps the most effective method of dealing with this 
vexed question. A survey of the situation of each Companion 


who is in arrears will soon bring to light the true reason for 
such delinquency. This will enable the Committee to place the 
Companion in his proper category. If conditions are such that 
leniency should be exercised — or if on the contrary, the Com- 
panion is totally disinterested or a recalcitrant and irretrievably 
lost to the Order, we urge prompt action, as in the one case Ma- 
sonic charity should undoubtedly relieve the Companion of his 
financial worry with respect to his Chapter dues — and in regard 
to the other, suspension should not be delayed longer than 
necessary to meet statutory requirements. 

Concerted effort along these lines will soon re-establish 
worthy Companions and eliminate those whose usefulness to 
the institution is questionable. As barnacles retard a ship's pro- 
gress, so members who can and will not pay their dues, are 
largely responsible for the embarrassing position in which we 
find many of our constituent Chapters. 

Your Committee heartily approve the action of many Chap- 
ters in the temporary curtailment of expense, especially with 
regard to the non-essentials. We, however, still doubt the 
wisdom of some Chapters continuing to operate at a loss when 
a slight increase in the yearly assessment would relieve 
very materially the financial pressure. We do not favour a 
general increase in the matter of dues at this time, but feel 
it expedient to direct attention to a large number of Chap- 
ters whose annual fees are obviously too low and should be 
increased so that they may be commensurate with the true 
value of Chapter membership. It is human to accept an 
organization at its own valuation and even in these days of 
financial stringency, we look with suspicion on commodities 
that are manifestly too cheap. 

As in other years, we record our disapproval of the busi- 
ness methods of many Chapters who fail to follow the ele- 
mentary rules of accounting, and not only continue to carry 
without depreciation their paraphernalia, but also neglect to 
revise their inventories of properties and investments in order 
that they may be brought into line with present-day values. 

The combined assets are reported as $247,856.77, while 
liabilities are recorded as $20,188.53. 

As our previous appeal appears unheeded, we discharge 
our responsibility by sounding once again a note of warning. 
Nero fiddled while Rome burned, but may we remind you that 
Nero was one of the most pathetic and unpleasant of the 
figures in history. 

annual convocation, brockville, 1934 115 

Instruction and Education 

It has truly been said that "knowledge exists to be im- 
parted". We are happy to record that more and more, with 
advancing- years, our Companions reach out for greater light 
in things Masonic. Chapters of Instruction have been held 
in most districts and all reports indicate a large and interest- 
ed attendance. Special gatherings have been held at which 
well-informed Craftsmen have endeavoured to satisfy by 
means of lectures and addresses, the desire of our members 
for further enlightenment relative to our history, philosophies, 
legends, and esoteric work. 

The thirst for such information is a very tangible evidence 
of that interest which strengthens and animates the very life 
stream of our Order. That knowledge which was bequeathed 
to us by the ancients is rapidly being assimilated in order to 
provide a legacy for generations yet to come. 

We are learning that Masonry is more than a formula. In 
the adytum of our Masonic Creed, there is revealed some por- 
tion of the eternal verities. To one who has delved below the 
surface, Royal Arch Masonry attracts by its history, charms 
with its philosophy, and by the very power of thought holds 
together pure-hearted and clean-minded men in ceaseless ser- 
vice to mankind. 

Behind our institution is a "divinity that shapes our ends" 
and assists us to turn the rough ashler into the finished stone. 
If such be true, we as instruments of that Divine Force, have 
a definite mission in the great thought-life of humanity. May 
we become potent factors in the economics of national life so 
that efforts which heretofore have lacked practical utility may 
become haloed with the truth and prove to be the syllables 
of the true word which we of the Royal Craft have sought and 

Grand Superintendents' Reports 

Not the least of our pleasure in the compilation of facts, 
figures, and general statistics, was the review of the very in- 
teresting and comprehensive reports of the representatives 
of the Grand Z. Clear, readable, and decidedly informative, 
these reports provide a veritable compendium of the year's 

A perusal of these reports is indicative that there is no 
lack of interest or enthusiasm — no weakening of the ties that 
bind. We find, on the contrary, that from the Yukon Terri- 
tory to the uttermost limits of our jurisdiction, our Chapters 
are active and vigorous, while loyalty to the Grand Z. and the 


governing body, like a golden thread is woven into the woof 
and warp of the very fabric of their being. 

To the Grand Superintendents, we tender our congratula- 
tions upon the completion of twelve months of successful 
stewardship. During a most trying period, they have rendered 
a truly great service to the Royal Craft, and in retiring from 
office they have the assurance of Grand Chapter that their 
splendid efforts have done much to strengthen the morale of 
the constituent Chapters and to keep Capitular Masonry upon 
an even keel. That their labours have not been in vain is 
evidenced in many ways and we can only express the hope 
that they individually, will not permit their interest to flag, 
but on the contrary, we look for them to continue in useful- 
ness by assuming still fireater tasks and responsibilities in 
the District in which they exercise such a beneficial influence. 

Again, to the Grand Superintendents, thanks and apprecia- 
tion for past achievements. May we offer our encouragement 
and support in all your Masonic undertakings in the days to 

The Grand Z. 

To chronicle the events of the past twelve months with- 
out a glowing tribute to the splendid work of our Grand Z. 
would be a flagrant dereliction of duty. Despite the onerous 
responsibility of other Masonic offices, he has given to Royal 
Arch Masonry generously of his time, energy and talents. 
With this meeting he surrenders a position which he has 
graced with that dignity befitting his rank as titular head of 
this great Order. We feel that he leaves us a rich and varied 
inheritance, a legacy which we shall long cherish as a golden 
remembrance of one who during his term of office sought to 
develop Royal Arch Masonry as an active and useful adjunct 
to the Ancient and Honourable Society of which we are a com- 
ponent part. The Grand Z. has been ably assisted by the 
Grand Scribe E., and the other officers of Grand Chapter — 
to all of whom our plaudits of praise and appreciation are 


Finally, may we express the opinion that the Royal Craft 
within our boundaries is buoyantly riding the stormy seas, 
gallantly steering its course toward the silvery ray which 
marks the entrance to the Harbour of Brighter Days. 

Beyond our gates, sounds of turmoil rage and swell, yet- 
within its sacred precincts, Royal Arch Masonry maintains a 
quiet, comforting calm. It continues to hold high its banners 
as a beneficient guide to all who seek the Truth. 


May our flagging footsteps be quickened by an abiding 
faith in the Great Jehovah and Hope in the days to come, so 
that we may raise our eyes to the heights and move stead- 
fastly forward in the cause of right and righteousness. 

May we, as men and as Masons, valiantly face our re- 
sponsibility, lend unstinted support to every worthy en- 
deavour which tends to the enlightenment of humankind, the 
betterment of our social and economic conditions and the 
furtherance of that Great Kingdom wherein alone we may 
find — "Peace, Perfect Peace". 

"Guide us, O thou Great Jehovah, 
Pilgrims through this barren land, 
We are weak but Thou art mighty, 
Hold us with Thy loving hand". 

Signed on behalf of the Committee on the Condition of 
Capitular Masonry, 

Geo. L. Gardiner, 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Condition 
•of Capitular Masonry be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., and the Companions of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Your Committee on Printing submits the following 
analysis of Expenditures for the year ending January 31st, 

Ceremonies $ 240.09 

Office Stationery 215.79 

Grand Chapter Officers' Stationery 48.13 

Office Circulars 16.97 

Circulars re Grand Chapter Convocation - 100.45 

Christmas Cards 25.44 

Proceedings and Mailing - _ 1,083.39 

Tenders were asked for the printing of the 1934 Proceed- 
ings, and after due consideration we would respectfully recom- 
mend that the Tender of The Macoomb Press, Toronto, Ont., 
be accepted, and they be given a contract for the supplying 
of the same at the price quoted, for the term of five years. 


We would respectfully request that the following amounts 
be placed at the disposal of the Committee. 

Proceedings and Mailing _....,... _ $ 950.00 

Constitutions _ ..._ "'*""" 135.00 

Printing and Stationery „ m _ 450.00 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

Edwin Smith, Chairman. 
E. A. Snell, 
W. L. Stewart. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. E. A. Snell, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Printing 
be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., and the Companions of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

We, your Committee appointed by the Most Excellent the 
Grand First Principal re Life Membership, respectfully beg to 
submit the following report: 

After carefully surveying the whole general question of 
Life Membership, and while commending the Grand First Prin- 
cipal for his thoughtful consideration of this matter as it may 
improve the finances of this Grand Chapter — we are, never- 
theless unanimously of the opinion that while the suggestion 
has inherent merit, that under the present financial conditions 
such a change would not be desirable, and, therefore, recom- 
mend that action in this regard be deferred until conditions 

J. A. Burnett, Chairman. 
Edwin Smith, 
D. W. Markham, 
John M. Burden. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Burnett, seconded by 
Ex. Comp. John Burden, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Special Committee on "Life Mem- 
bership" be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Your Committee has the honour to present the annual state- 
ment showing- the financial standing of Grand Chapter as at 
January 31st, 1934. 


Balances, February 1st, 1933 — 

In Canadian Bank of Commerce $11,991.13 

Incidentals Account in hands of Grand Scribe E. 13.84 


Receipts from Chapters: — 

Certificates $ 256.00' 

Dues 9,782.85 

Fees _ 256.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 95.00 

Constitutions 57.30 

Sundries — 

Rituals $347.15 

Ceremonies 30.00 

Demits 6.00 

Register _ 3.50 

Accounts Overpaid 7.08 



Interest Received on Investments and Bank Balances... 4,658.15 




Benevolence $ 2,470.00 

Inspection of 50.00 

$ 2,520.00 

Salaries $ 4,630.00 

Foreign Correspondence Report 300.00 

Office Rent, Telephone, etc _ _ 687.75 

Premium on Guarantee Bond and Insurance 16.70 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses, 1932 989.40 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses on Account, 1933 10.00 
Expenses of Executive Committee attending 1933 

Convocation of Grand Chapter - 884.95 

Printing, Engrossing, etv. : — 

Proceedings $1,323.48 

General 406.78 

$ 1,730.26 

Audit and Financial Reports to January 31st, 1933 200.00 

Grand Z. Expenses - 655.00 

Flowers - 2.50 


Grand Scribe E.: — 

Office Incidentals _ _ $37.55 

Postage _ ... 82.56 

Exchange 7.95 

Express 7.09 

Travelling Expense _ 52.57 

Jewels and Engraving _....„ 11.83 

Office Equipment _ _ _ 153.50 


Investments Purchased 5 437,75 

Balances, January 31st, 1934 — . 

In Canadian Bank of Commerce — 

Current Account $ 7,304.82 

Savings Account „ _....„ 1,780.70 

Incidentals Account in hands of Grand Scribe E. 1.12 





Cash on Hand * $ 1.12 

Cash in Bank 9,085.52 

$ 9,086.64 

Accounts Receivable (outstanding) 3,218.75 

Investments — Cost 89,791.45 

Supplies for Sale — 

Constitutions $ 11.40 

Rituals 414.92 

Ceremonies 202.08 

Demits 3.26 

$ 631.66 

Current Assets $102,728.50 

Supplies for use — 

Certificates $ 236.21 

Jewels 155.00 

Stationery (estimated) 50.00 

$ 441.21 

Office Furniture and Fixtures (estimated) 438.50 

Grand Council Regalia (estimated) 200.00 



Grand Z. Expenses $ 113.18 

Chapter — Credit Balances 33.20 

Grand Chapter— Capital Account - 103,661.83 




I have audited the books and vouchers of Grand Chapter for the 
year ended January 31st, 1934, and found them to be in order and I 
certify that the above is a correct summary of the Accounts. 

I also certify that I have inspected and found in order the Invest- 
ments of Grand Chapter, the cost of same being $89,791.45 and the par 
value $88,500.00. 

(Signed) E. J. Carter, C.A., 

Sharp, Milne & Co., 

Chartered Accountants. 

Several Chapters did not make their returns before the 
close of the fiscal year. The amount outstanding aggregates 
$3,218.75 as compared with the outstanding accounts last year 
of $2,649.43, an increase of $569.32. 

All interest due on investments and bank balances has been 
received and deposited in the Bank. This income for the year 
ended January 31st, 1934, amounted to $4,658.15, as compared 
with $4,565.55 for the previous year, an increase of $92.60. 

Satisfactory vouchers properly approved cover all disburse- 
ments as has been the procedure in previous years. 

Your Committee on Audit and Finance have been en- 
couraged by the results obtained during the year under review. 
The Capital of Grand Chapter has increased during the year 
by $2,519.42. 

Total receipts, including interest $15,499.03 

Total payments 12,979.61 


The effect of this increase is shown by — 

Increase in Investments $ 5,437.75 

Decrease in Bank Balance and Cash 2,918.33 


It has been customary in previous years for Grand Chapter 
to carry a current bank account of from $11,000.00 to $12,- 
000.00. In accordance with the recommendations made by this 
Committee last year $5,500.00 was invested as follows : 

Canadian National Railway Bonds — $2,500.00 — due Feb. 1st, 1954— 
bearing interest at 5% — guaranteed by the Dominion of Canada — cost 
at date of purchase including accrued interest — $2,542.50, which yields 
net 4.92%. 

Dominion of Canada Conversion Loan Bonds — due Nov. 1st, 1958 — 
4%%— $3,000.00. Cost $2,927.50, and yield 4.68%. 

These bonds were purchasel in denominations of $500.00 
for the purpose of facilitating conversion if required in small 
amounts and thus make it unnecessary to disturb any large 
amount of the investments of Grand Chapter. 


The total securities of Grand Chapter as of January 31st, 
1934, were $88,500.00— Cost $89,823.70. These securities are 
lodged with the Canadian Bank of Commerce, Queen Street 
Branch, Toronto, Ontario, in safety deposit box No. 101. They 
were inspected by the auditor, Grand Treasurer, and Grand 
Scribe E. 

It will be gratifying to you to know that the to expendi- 
tures for the year have decreased by $2,538.40, and that the 
deficit recorded in the Proceedings of 1933— $4,062.93, is to 
date $2,138.73. It is to be further noted that the assets of 
Grand Chapter as of January 31st, 1933, were $100,795.92, 
and that on January 31st, 1934, they are $103,808.21. 

For the purpose of further improving the financial position 
of Grand Chapter we respectfully submit the following recom- 
mendations : 

(1) That as an emergency measure the Annual Convocation 
of Grand Chapter, including the meeting of the Ex- 
ecutive Committee be confined to two days instead of 
three, to revert to the Constitution when general con- 
ditions justify or at the future pleasure of Grand 

(2) That the Per Capita Tax payable by the Constituent 
Chapters to the Grand Chapter be revoked for the year 
year 1934 on its unemployed Companions who, through 
misfortune, are unable to pay their dues, provided that a 
satisfactory statement is furnished by the Constituent 
Chapters to the Grand Scribe E., under the Seal of the 
respective Chapters and signed by the First Principal 
and Scribe E., also that the Chapter have remitted their 

(3) That the communication from Mt. Horeb Chapter re- 
questing a reduction on Per Capita Tax be filed. 

(4) That the Communication from the Masonic Library of 
Toronto requesting a donation of $50.00 be filed for the 

(5) That the communication from the Principals' Association 
of Toronto, requesting the adoption of a Standard Re- 
ceipt Card for dues, is endorsed by this Committee and 
is recommended to this Grand Chapter for consideration 
at this Convocation. 

(6) Your Committee is cognizant of the spirit of the times 
and respectfully suggests that all matters involving 
financial expenditures coming before the Grand Chapter 


be considered upon the principal of sound business 
economy, having due regard to our best interests. 

(7) That the volume on Fraternal Correspondence be not 
printed as a separate volume. 


Benevolence Grant _ $2,740.00 

Inspection 50.00 

Salaries— G.S.E 3,600.00 

Office Assistance 780.00 

Honorarium for Grand Treasurer 250.00 

Foreign Correspondence 300.00 

Office Rent and Telephone, etc 700.00 

Bond Premium and Insurance 20.00 

Grand Chapter Expenses (1934) 500.00 

Executive Committee Expenses (1934) 650.00 

Printing Committee Proceedings 950.00 

General Printing _ 250.00 

Audit and Finance Reports 200.00 

Grand Z.'s Expenses 500.00 

Incidentals— G.S.E., Office 175.00 

Jewels and Engraving 50.00 

Flowers, Sick and Deceased „ 25.00 

Constitutions 135.00 



Certificates $ 250.00' 

Dues 9,500.00 

Fees 250.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 95.00 

Constitutions , 50.00 

Rituals - 325.00 

Ceremonies - 30.00 

Demits 6.00 

Registrations 3.50 

Interest on Investments _ 4,700.00 


All of which is respectfully submitted, 

S. S. Forbes, Chairman, 
E. H. Brennan, 
O. Ellwood, 
W. Y. Mills, 
Chris. Forbes, 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. S. S. Forbes, and — 

Resolxed, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Audit and 
Finance be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Your Committee appointed at the Seventy-fifth Annual 
Convocation, held at the City of London, February 23rd, 1933, 
with power to consider your recommendation of securing" a 
suitable office for the Grand Scribe E., has the honour to sub- 
mit the following: 'That we have secured a lease of Room 
712, in the Temple Building, I.O.F., corner of Bay and Rich- 
mond Streets, Toronto, Ontario, for a period of five years, as 
from the 1st of April, 1933, to the 31st of March, 1938, at a 
rent of $556.50 per year, being $46.37 per month. These 
quarters have private and general office, as well as vault in 
the general office. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

M. R. Griffiths, 
J. A. Burnett, 
Walter G. Price, 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Morgan R. Griffith, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Burnett, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Special Committee re Grand Scribe 
E.'s office be received and confirmed. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., and the Companions of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Following our appointment as a Special Committee to con- 
sider the advisability of changing the boundaries of some of 
the Districts ; we communicated with all the newly elected, and 
the immediate Past Superintendents, and we do now recom- 
mend the following transfers: — 

Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston — from Wellington 
District, No. 4, to Huron District, No. 6. 

Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton — from Huron Dis- 
trict, No. 6, to Georgian District, No. 9. 

Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome — from St. Clair Dis- 
trict, No. 1, to London District, No. 2. 

And that these Chapters be asked to consider this recom- 
mendation and if so desired, present the necessary Notice of 


Motion, that this Grand Body may make the change at the 
next Annual Convocation. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

W. E. Summers, Chairman. 
Edwin Smith. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on District Boundaries 
be received and referred to the Chapters, so involved for consideration. 

Scrutineers of Ballot 

The Grand Z. appointed the following Scrutineers of the 
Ballot, who having" been obligated assumed their office: — 

R. Ex. Comp. B. Cairns 
V. Ex. Comp. Thos McDonald 
R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Armstrong 
V. Ex. Comp. W. G. Anderson 
R. Ex. Comp. Chas L. Davidson 
. Ex. Comp. W. H. Parker 
Ex. Comp. M. L. Lansdell 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred. Smith 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. F. G. McLean, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Fleming, and — 

Resolved, — That this Grand Body tender to the Credential Committee 
its thanks for the capable manner in which the several members of 
the committee discharged the duties allotted to them. 


M. Ex. Comp. W. N. Ponton, Chairman of the Committee on 
Fraternal Correspondence, presented the same, and requested 
that the delegates in attendance read the report. They con- 
tained excellent advice. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. W. N. Ponton, and — 

Resolved, — That the report on the Fraternal Correspondence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 

Grant to Committee on Arrangements for Grand Chapter 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. M. E. Sherwood, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. E. A. Snell, and — 

Resolved, — That this Grand Body grant $100.00, payable to the Brock- 
ville Committee on Arrangements, as a donation toward their expenses. 


Grand Chapter Called Off 

At 12 o'clock noon Grand Chapter was "Called Off" to per- 
mit the Companions to cast their Ballot for the elective officers 
and the next place of meeting. 

Grand Chapter Called On 
At 2.30 o'clock p.m. 

ELECTION of officers 

The Scrutineers reported the following election of officers: 

M. Ex. Camp. Lt.-Col. Alexander Cowan Grand Z. 

Masonic Temple Building, Barrie, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner Grand H. [Grand 

4 Dunloe Road, Toronto, Ont. fCouncil 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Y. Mills Grand J. 

126 Princess St., Kingston, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

Port Credit, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith _ Grand Scribe E. 

582 Dufferin Ave., London, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton Grand Historian 

22 Bridge St., Belleville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Albert Edward Coombs Grand Scribe N 

197 Church St., St. Catharines, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George Edward Board ...Grand Pr. Sojourner 

21 James St. East, Brocville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. A. Grant Malcolm Grand Registrar 

76 Rose St., Gait, Ont. 
Comp. Jacob Brandt - Outer Guard 

26 Francis St. N., Kitchener. 

Executive Committee — Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. John F. Marr, 

329 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ed. H. Brennan, 

Johnson Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Elliott, 

Box 70, Prescott, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Sidney S. Forbes, 

165 Sanford Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Archie D. Mclntyre, 

c/o Bank of Montreal, 

King and Bathurst Streets, Toronto, Ont. 




To the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Your Committee concur with the Grand First Principal in 
expressing our pleasure that Grand Chapter, after a long- term 
of years, has again met in Convocation in this town of 
picturesque setting and handsome buildings. 

It is interesting to note that this is an historic town in re- 
gard to Royal Arch Masonry, as Sussex Chapter, No. 3, was 
instituted under the Provincial Grand Chapter, presided over 
by Most Excellent Companion Ziba M. Phillips in 1818, con- 
tinuing in existence until 1826. Sussex Chapter, No. 59, was 
instituted in 1874 and perpetuates the historic old name. 

We unite with our Grand First Principal in his expressions 
of regret in the passing over of so many distinguished Com- 
panions in Ontario and the United States. 

We note that a more satisfactory office has been obtained 
for the Grand Scribe E. at only a small increase in rental. 

Our Grand First Principal has made many visitations to 
subordinate Chapters and we hope and trust these visits will 
result in increased interest in the Royal Craft in these Chap- 
ters. Among these visits he has made the first visit made by 
a Grand First Principal to Klondyke Chapter, Dawson City. 

In connection with the visit, he mentions that the local 
Grand Superintendent has not been honoured by recognition as 
R. Ex. Companion and thinks he should be so honoured. We 
concur in this recommendation but would go further in recom- 
mending that all those who have previously acted as Grand 
Superintendents should have the same title conferred on them. 

We unite with our Grand First Principal in expressing our 
thanks to Most Excellent Companion K. J. Dunstan for his 
kindness in representing him at Philadelphia, to Right Ex- 
cellent Companion W. W. Williamson in Boston, and to Most 
Excellen Companion W. G. Price in taking charge of the dedi- 
cation of Sombra Chapter in Wallaceburg. 

We congratulate the Grand Chapter on its excellent 
financial position, having regard to the period of severe busi- 
ness depression through which we are passing. 

In view of the fact that the Grand Treasurer and Grand 
Scribe E. are both located in Toronto, we approve the trans- 
ference of the securities to a Safety Deposit Box in Toronto. 

We congratulate R. Ex. Companions Albert E. Bryson and 
A. Stanley Cree, and Excellent Companion Edward A. Meadd 
on their appointments as Representatives, and note with 
pleasure the appointment of Ex Comp. Archie S. Haven as 


Representative of this Grand Chapter near the Grand Chapter 
of Vermont. 

We agree with the Grand First Principal that, as a general 
principle, it is desirable that a private Chapter should at least 
maintain its present scale of exaltation fees and with him re- 
gret that certain Chapters felt compelled, under existing busi- 
ness conditions, to make a reduction. 

We approve the dispensations issued by the Grand First 
Principal, also his decision regarding receiving an application 
from a Brother in another Jurisdiction. 

We unite with our Grand First Principal in congratulating 
the Companions who for long and faithful service, have been 
decorated with the Long Service Jewel. 

We concur with the Grand First Principal that the request 
of Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, of Toronto, for permission to add 
gold piping to their aprons in recognition of their fifty years 
of existence, is a matter which should receive the careful con- 
sideration of Grand Chapter and we would recommend that a 
Committee be appointed to consider the matter and report at 
our next Annual Convocation. 

We congratulate these Companions who, practising the 
fundamental principle of Masonry, have rendered such valu- 
able service in philanthropic work. 

We are glad to hear that the Grand Scribe E. is carrying 
out the recommendations of the Committee re accounting, 
which reported last year to the Grand First Principal, and 
whose recommendations were embodied in a letter from the 
Grand First Principal to the Grand Scribe E. 

Fraternally submitted, 


W. N. Ponton, 
Walter G. Price, 
W. H. Davis, 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. W. H. Davis, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter Price, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z.'c 
Address be received and adopted. 


It was moved by Ex. Comp. John Burden, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Morgan Griffith, and — 

Resolved, — That a Committee, consisting of Most Excellent Companion 
K. J. Dunstan, of Toronto; Right Excellent Companion J. J. Gardiner, of 
Smith Falls; Right Excellent Companion John Empey, of Mitchell; 


and the Grand Treasurer, Most Excellent Companion Dr. Walter Price, 
of Port Credit, together with four Companions to be appointed by the 
Executive o fthe Royal Arch Masons' Welfare Committee of Toronto, 
to study ways and means with the view of formulating some plan of 
activity along humanitarian lines on behalf of the underpriviliged and 
deserving, such work to be fostered by and under the direction and 
control of Grand Chapter, and to submit a report with such recom- 
mendations as they may deem advisable, at the next Annual Convocation 
of Grand Chapter. Most Excellent Camp. Dunstan to be the convenor 
of this committee. 

Considering Notice of Motions 

In the absence of R. Ex. Comp. James Elgie, it was moved 
by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Alex. Cowan, and — 

Resolved, — 1. To insert after 64 of the Constitution the following 
section: — 64a. (1) Grand Chapter may, upon the recommendation of the 
Grand Z., confer Honourary Membership in the Executive upon any 
member thereof, in recognition of his services, but at no time shall the 
total number of such hononurary members exceed three. 

(2) Honourary members shall have the same rights and privileges 
as ordinary members of the Executive and shall retain their member- 
ship for such period as Grand Chapter may determine. 

It was moved by Most Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, and 
seconded by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, and — 

Resolved, — That the following be added to Section 225 of the Con- 
stitution, line five, page 59, after the words "he is a member," the date 
of his Raising. 

The following- Notice of Motion, being included and adopted 
in the Report of the Committee on Audit and Finance, was 
withdrawn : 

That the Per Capita Tax payable by the Constituent Chapters to the 
Grand Chapter be revoked for the year 1934 on its unemployed Com- 
panions who, through misfortune, are unable to pay their dues, provided 
that a satisfactory statement is furnished by the Constituent Chapters 
to the Grand Scribe E., under the Seal of the respective Chapters and 
signed by the First Principal and Scribe E., also that the Chapter have 
remitted their dues. 

Committee on Benevolence 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. E. A. Snell, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Morgan Griffith, and — 

Resolved, — That R. Ex. Comp. George W. Slack be re-elected a 
Member of the Committee on Benevolence for a period of three years. 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on 
Benevolence, and are members of the Executive Committee of 
Grand Chapter for their respective terms : 

R. Ex. Comp. J. B. Nixon retires in 1935. 
R. Ex. Comp. J. J. Gardiner retires in 1936. 
R. Ex. Comp. George W. Slack retires in 1937. 

130 grand chapter of canada 

Historian Elected 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Stewart, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. John J. Gardiner, and — 

Resolved, — That Most Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton be re-elected 
Grand Historian. 

resolution of thanks to brockville and district 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Geo. W. Slack, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. John H. House, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Canada be 
tendered to the Companions of Brockville and District, and to the Ladies 
Committee for the splendid manner in which the arrangements have been 
carried out by them for the reception and entertainment of the dele- 
gates in attendance. Especially are we pleased with the courtesies ex- 
tended to our guests, as well as to the ladies who accompanied the dele- 
gates. The Annual Convocation, we feel sure, will be long remembered 
by those who had the pleasure of being present and participating. 

Thanks to Scrutineers 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. M. E. Sherwood, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. S. S. Forbes, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Body be tendered to R. Ex. 
Comp. Cairns and the other Companions who acted as Scrutineers for 
services rendered in the election of Officers of Grand Chapter. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand CJmpter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

The Committee on Benevolence has examined the applica- 
tion for relief presented to them, and respectfully recommend 
that th following" grants be made: — 

Chapter No. 1— Widow of G. McN $ 60.00 

3— Widow of J. G 60.00 

3— Widow of A. B. F 60.00 

3— Widow of T. W 60.00 

3— Widow of R. 50.00 

3— Widow of A. M. B 60.00 

4_ Widow of C. P. E 60.00 

5— Widow of J. B 60.00 

5— Widow of W. A. M 60.00 

6— Widow of T. E. P 40.00 

15— Widow of H. E. D 60.00 

28— Widow of C. W. S 60.00 

46— Comp. W. H. E • . - 100.00 

53— Daughter of J. S 60.00 



54— Widow of J. A. S 

54 — Widow of J. B 

59— Widow of A. E. C. ... 

59^Comp. C. N. E 

63— Widow of M. M 

72— Widow of G. G. McF. 

74— Widow of W. K. L. ... 

76— Widow of R. J. L. ... 

77— Widow of H. J. N. ... 

77— Widow of A. S 

82— Comp. F. O'C „ 

82-Comp. H. J. H 

91— Widow of R. J. R. ... 

112— Widow of A. C 

119— Widow of S.M.G 

119— Widow of W. N 

135— Widow of I. G 

138— Widow of W. I 

145— Widow of R. W 

145— Widow of R. S 

145__WidoW of L. J. H 

145— Widow of H. McL. 

145— Widow of J. C 

195— Widow of D. G. 
215— Widow of L. B. 
219— Widow of A. S. 

—Widow of H. T. 

—Widow of R. H. 








- 100.00 

,. * 60.00 


_ 50.00 










..... 60.00 


.- 60.00 

_ 50.00 


_ 60.00 








Your Committee would recommend that the grants to the 
Toronto beneficiaries be payable through the Secretary- 
Treasurer of the Local Board of Relief, Toronto. 

Fraternally submitted, 

J. B. NlXON, 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. J. B. Nixon, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Benevolence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 

Next Place of Meeting 

The Seventy-seventh Annual Convocation will be held in 
the City of Kitchener, Ontario, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 
February 26th and 27th, 1935, commencing on Tuesday even- 
ing at 7.30 o'clock (by adoption of resolution of the Committee's 
Report on Audit and Finance). 


Grand Z. Vacates Chair 
The Most Excellent the Grand Z. vacated the chair and re- 
quested Most Excellent Companion Walter G. Price to assume 
the Septre. 

Grand Z.'s Testimonial 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred. Smith, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, and — 

Resolved, — That a committee consisting of Most Excellent Com- 
panions Dr. Walter G. Price and Edwin Smith be appointed to arrange 
a testimonial for the retiring Grand Z., Most Ex. Companion Dr. Charles 
W. Haentschel. 

Officers Installed 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, assisted by M. Ex. Comp. 
Walter Davis, installed and invested the newly elected officers 
of Grand Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents of the 
several Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted accord- 
ing to ancient custom. 

Thanks to Installing Board 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Rev. T. McKim, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Sam McCoy, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
Most Ex. Comps. Dr. W. G. Price, Walter H. Davis, and assistants, who 
had charge of the Installation Ceremony, and those who assisted them 
for the able manner in which the ceremony had been performed. 

Appointment to Office 
The following- appointments having been made by Most 
Excellent Companion Alexander Cowan, were announced: 

Executive Committee — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Marshall Sherwood, 

40 Wellington Street, Woodstock, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, 

274 Dundas Street, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Prank G. McLean, 

247 Garden Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred. G. Smith, 

146 Broadway, Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Wm. L. Stewart, 

266 Egerton Street, London, Ont. 

Assistant Officers — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Morgan Griffith Grand Lecturer 

55 Constance Street, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Arthur Cooper Grand Sr. Sojourner 

34 Mary Street, Barrie, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Edward Reid Grand Jr. Sojourner 

408 Manor Road East, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Glennie Nixon Grand Sword Bearer 

New Liskeard, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Charles Robert Gummow Grand Master 4th Veil 

Box 265, Cobourg Ont. 



V. Ex. Comp. Francis Hamilton Howe Grand Master 3rd Veil 

c/o Monarch Knitting Co., Dunnville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Peter Pilkey Grand Master 2nd Veil 

Court House, Fort Frances, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Edward Charles Tyers Grand Master 1st Veil 

516 Runnymede Road, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Oscar Leonard Morrow Grand Standard Bearer 

Young St., Box J., Brighton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Cyrus 0. Hemphill Grand Director of Ceremonies 

Park Ave., Waterloo, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Earle P. Smith Grand Organist 

Petrolia, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Frederick Clinckett Grand Pursuivant 

40 Kenneth Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Thomas Everton Armstrong Grand Steward 

Ridgetown, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Foster Wellington Smith Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Vincent Wilson Grand Steward 

Concession St., Ingersoll, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Thomas Franklin Brown Grand Steward 

Owen Sound Street, Shelburne, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Moss Quackenbush Grand Steward 

13 Sydenham St., Dundas, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Harvey Elisha Jefferys Grand Steward 

Box 37, Seaforth, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Amos Gould Ball Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 2, Prescott, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Richard Lewis Shriner Grand Steward 

22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Archibald Howard McLaren Grand Steward 

50 Wilson Street, Perth, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Robertson Stewart „ Grand Steward 

33 First Ave. East, North Bay, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Thomas McDonald ....Grand Steward 

48 Ellerbeck Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Turner Grand Steward 

135 Kendington St. N., Hamilton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William George Anderson Grand Steward 

387 Glencairn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. King Grand Steward 

Preston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Bruce Fowler Grand Steward 

Cor. Wolfe and Bethune Streets, Peterborough, Ont. 


The labours of the Annual Convo- 
cation being ended, Grand Chapter 
was closed in ample form at 3.55 
o'clock p.m., Brockville, Ontario, Wed- 
nesday, February 28th, 1934. 

Grand Scribe E. 



On Tuesday evening, February 21st, the Grand Z., M. Ex. 
Camp. C. W. Haentschel, joined with his Executive in holding 
a "Get~to-gether" Dinner to his honoured guests. 

During the Convocation, many messages were conveyed to 
the Grand Z. and the Grand Chapter of Canada by the visiting 



Grand Z.'s. Address 
M. Ex. Camp. George Moore (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. A. S. 
Gorrell, W. N. Ponton, W. H. Davis, Kenneth J. Dunstan, Edwin Smith. 
Walter G. Price, C. W. Haentschel, Harry H. Watson, E. T. Malone. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. B. Nixon (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. John J. 
Gardiner, George W. Slack. 

Audit and Finance 
R. Ex. Comp. S. S. Forbes (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. John David- 
son, Mortimer Smith, J. T. Jackson, Ed. H. Brennan, 0. Ellwood. 

Grievances and Appeals 
R. Ex. Comp. John Marr (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. Fred. W. 
Elliott, Lew F. Stephens, E. L. Vanstone. 

R. Ex. Comp. M. E. Sherwood (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. W. J. 
Warwick, H. E. McGill, Rev. Archdeacon Joseph Lofthouse. 

Conditions of Capitular Masonry 
R. Ex. Comps. Frank McLean (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. Dr. R. 
Hillier, J. W. Joynt, W. F. McKenzie, Fred. Smith. 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 

M. Ex. Comp. E. T. Malone (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. Kenneth J. 
Dunstan, Walter G. Price, W. H. Davis. 

Fraternal Dead 

R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Stewart (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. G. N. 
Mather, J. T. Gothard, Rev. Thos. McKim, R. Cavanagh. 

Printing Committee 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. Sam McCoy, 
Dr. C. E. Hill. 

Credential Committee 

R. Ex. Comp. B. Cairns (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. W. J. Arm- 
strong, Fred. Smith, Chas. Davidson, Ex. Comps. Tom Welch, W. Carter. 

Fraternal Correspondence Committee 

M. Ex. Comp. W. N. Ponton (Chairman). 

Mileage and Per Diem 
R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Mclntyre (Chairman), V. Ex. Comp. J. F. Molloy. 







Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Dr. Riel Hillier, 
Box 335, Leamington, Ont. 

Wellington Chatham 

Prince of Wales Amherstburg 

Erie Ridgetown 

Ark Windsor 

MacNabb Dresden 


King Cyrus Leamington 

Sombra Wallaceburg 

Lome West Lome 

Blenheim.. Blenheim 

Thomas Peters Windsor 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Sam McCoy, 
563 Rosedale Ave., London, Ont. 


3. St. John's.. London 

5. St. George's London 

15. Wawanosh ..Sarnia 

53. Bruce Petrolia 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 

74. Beaver Strathroy 

78. Minnewawa Parkhill 


81. Aylmer Aylmer 

150. London... London 

214. Vimy Inwood 

238. vSt. Andrew London 

242. St. Paul's... Lambeth 

247. Nilestown Nilestown 

252. Hiawatha Sarnia 


Grand Suoerintendent — R. Ex. Comp. George M. Mather, 
585 Princess St., Woodstock, Ont. 


18. Oxford Woodstock 

20. Mount Hereb Brantford 

23. Ezra _ Simcoe 


41. Harris _ Ingersoll 

115. Brant Paris 

253. Regal Port Dover 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Mortimer Smith, 
Preston, Ont. 


32. Waterloo Gait 

40. Guelph Guelph 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 

83. Ionic Orangeville 

1 17. Kitchener Kitchener 


218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

221. Durham Durham 

234. Halton Georgetown 

245. Preston... Preston 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens. 
52 Markland St., Hamilton, Ont. 


2. The Hiram Hamilton 

6. St. John's..... Hamilton 

75. St. Clair : Milton 

104. White Oak Oakville 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 


175. The Hamilton Hamilton 

224. Keystone Hamilton 

236. Caledonia.. ...Caledonia 

243. McKay Stoney Creek 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. John Wesley Joynt, 
Box 231, Lucknow, Ont. 


24. Tecumseh. Stratford 

30. Huron Goderich 

46. St. James ..St. Marys 

63. Havelock Kincardine 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 

84. Lebanon Wingham 

129. Elliot Mitchell 

130. Chantry Southampton 

146. Bernard Listowel 

147. Lucknow Lucknow 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. James C. Gothard, 
59 Asker St., Welland, Ont. 


19. Mt. Moriah St. Catharines 

29. McCallum Dunnville 

55. Niagara _ ...Niagara 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 

64. Willson ...Welland 


69. Grimsby Grimsby 

76. Mt. Nebo Niagara Falls 

184. Hugh Murray Fort Erie 

240. Smithville Smithville 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Dr. Carl E. Hill, 
Lansing, Ont. 

St. Andrew and St. John 


King Solomon's Toronto 

Doric Newmarket 

York Toronto 

65. St. Paul's Toronto 

79. Orient Toronto 

Succoth Uxbridge 


145. The St. Patrick Toronto 

163. The Beaches.- ...Toronto 

205. Victoria Thornhill 

217. St. Alban's Toronto 

225. Beaver Toronto 

235. Aurora Aurora 

241. University Toronto 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. John Davidson, 
Box 670, Brampton, Ont. 


77. Occident _ ..Toronto 

91. Antiquity _ Toronto 

138. Shekinah Toronto 

185. Toronto Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 

212. Mount Sinai Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 


219. Ulster Toronto 

220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

230. Port Credit Port Credit 

231. St. Clair Toronto 

232. King Cyrus ..Toronto 

233. Oakwood Toronto 

246. Humber... Weston 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Ewart Leslie Vanstone, 
976-6th Ave., Owen Sound, Ont. 


27. Manitou Collingwood 

34. Signet Barrie 

56. Georgian Owen Sound 

70. Grand River Bracebridge 


86. Macpherson Meaford 

131. Amabel .....Wiarton 

167. Kichikewana.. Midland 

198. Couchiching Orillia 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Thomas McKin, 
Colborne, Ont. 


28. Pentalpha _ Oshawa 

35. Keystone Whitby 

36. Corinthian... Peterboro 

37. Victoria Port Hope 

45. Excelsior Colborne 

48. St. John's Cobourg 


94. Midland ..Lindsay 

110. Warkworth Warkworth 

134. King Darius .....Cannington 

139. St. Andrew's Havelock 

168. Ionic... Campbellford 

249. Palestine Bowmanville 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William Thompson McKenzie, 
Napanee, Ont. 


7. The Moira Belleville 

26. St. Mark's ..Trenton 

31. Prince Edward. Picton 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 

No. - 

72. Keystone Stirling 

144. Presque' Isle Brighton 

161. Madoc Madoc 

227. Quinte Friendship Belleville 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Robert Cavanagh, 
Jelyby, Ont. 

1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui 

22. Grenville ...Prescott 

59. Sussex Brockville 

68. Maitland N. Augusta 


100. St. Lawrence ..Brockville 

112. St. John's Morrisburg 

113. Covenant Cornwall 

132. Leeds. , Gananoque 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. James Thomas Jackson,, 
82 Kent St., Ottawa, Ont. 


16. Carleton Ottawa 

61. Granite Almonte 

1 14. Bonnechere Renfrew 

116. Maple Carleton Place 

133. St. Francis..... Smith Falls 

143. Glengarry Maxville 


148. St. John's Vankleek Hill 

151. Laurentian Pembroke 

210. Kitchener... Russell 

222. Ottawa Ottawa 

226. Prince of Wales... Perth 

248. Dochert Arnprior 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Archdeacon Joseph Lofthouse, 
Kenora, Ont. 


82. Shuniah Port Arthur 

90. Golden Kenora 

140. Ft. William ..Ft. William 


Atwood Rainy River 

Alberton.... Ft. Francis 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William James Warwick, 
Box 112, Conicton, Ont. 


58. Pembroke Mattawa 

95. Tuscan Sudbury 


102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

103. St. John's North Bay 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Harold E. McGill, 
Cochrane, Ont. 


169. Temiskaming New Liskeard 

203. Cobalt ...Cobalt 

213. Northern Lights ..Timmins 


223. Abitibi..._ .. Iroquois Falls 

244. Cochrane Cochrane 

251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 



Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. John Halliburton, 
Dawson City, Y.T. 

154. Klondike Dawson, Y.T. 




Name of Chapter 

Ancient Frontenac and 


The Hiram 

St. John's 

St. Andrew and St. John . 

St. George's 

St. John's 

The Moira 

King Solomon's 




Mt. Moriah 

Mt. Horeb 




St. Mark's 





Prince Edward 








Mt. Sinai 


St. James 


St. John's 





King Hiram 








St. Paul's 

The Malloch 




Grand River 

Prince of Wales 




St. Clair 

Mount Nebo 








Where Held 












St. Catharines 















Port Hope 





St. Mary's 




St. Thomas 


Owen Sound 

Port Colborne 











North Augusta 








Niagara Falls 




Windsor , 


Port Arthur 


Regular Convocation 

Third Friday 

Fourth Friday 

Fourth Wednesday 

Third Friday 

Fourth Friday .... 
Second Thursday. . 

First Tuesday 

Fourth Thursday . . 
Second Friday .... 
Third Wednesday . 

Third Friday 

Second Friday .... 

First Friday 

Second Tuesday. . . 
Third Thursday... 
Fourth Friday .... 

Third Tuesday 

Fourth Friday .... 

First Tuesday 

Third Friday 

Third Tuesday. . . . 
Third Monday .... 
Second Monday. . . 
Second Tuesday. . . , 

Third Friday 

Fourth Friday .... 
Second Friday .... 
Second Friday .... 

Second Friday 

Third Wednesday . . 

First Tuesday 

Second Monday. . . . 
Second Wednesday . 
Fourth Tuesday 
Third Wednesday . . 
Second Thursday. . 

First Friday 

Third Tuesday 

First Thursday 

Third Tuesday 

Second Wednesday . 

First Thursday 

Second Thursday. . , 
Second Friday . . . . , 

Third Friday 

Fourth Wednesday . 
Second Wednesday . 

Third Monday 

Second Tuesday. . . . 
Friday Aft., F. M.. 

First Mondav 

Third Thursday 

First Friday 

Second Monday. . . . 

Third Monday 

First Friday 

Third Thursday 

Third Friday ...... 

Second Friday 

Third Monday 

Second Thursday . . . 

Third Monday 

First Friday 

Third Wednesday . . 
First Tuesday 




First Principal Z. 
for the Year 1934 

Scribe E. 
for the Year 1924 






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W. J. Millard . . . 

J. H. Forbes 

W. H. Parker... 
J. B. Stewart. . . 
C. E. Ticknor... 

C. R. Lloyd 

L. C. Patrick . . . 
F. J. Johnson. . . 

J. R. Brush 

Wm. B. Kelly... 
W. E. Telford . . . 
F. D. Wilson.... 
S. A. Bowden. . . 
H. G.Whitney.. 
W. G. Nixon.... 
J. V. Mannell... 
H. D. Graham . . 

C. A. Trott 

J. H. Connor. . . 

F. F. Haney 

Fred Toole 

Wilfrid Scott.... 
E. F. Westbrook 
J. C. Monkman . 

J. R. Frost 

M. T. Breckenridge 
H. Mitchell... 
W. J. Van Norman 
V. Wilson 

L. B. Mellow. . . 
W. R. Baxter . . . 
E. W. White 

C. H. Wagnorne. 
A. E. Harris .... 
M. D. McVicar. 

Geo. Berry 

S. D. Wilson 

J. B. C. Running 
M. J. Hawkins. . 
A. I. Tongue. . . . 

A. E. Seamark . . 

E. Kyte 

J. F. Patterson . . 

J. Brewster 

T. M. Rutherford 

G. W. Urquhart 

E. Montgomery 
H. P. Plumsteel 
J. R. Riddell... 
W. H. Wilson.. 

D. Cloughley . . 
J. T. Andrews. . 
H. E. Campbell 
C. R. Bastedo.. 
J. F. Manders. . 

S. Swales 

W. T. Randall . 

B. C. Gibbs.... 
W. J. Damp, Jr. 
J. E. Wilson . . . 
G. W. Wright.. 
S. H. Croker... 
T. L. Barnecott 

F. G. Dyer 

E. Whelan 

R. S. Graham 

D. R. Gibson 

O. Ellwood 

J. J. Andrews 

H. E. Abell 

W. A. Stephenson. . . . 

C. H. Graves 

S. G. Tinker 

W. W. Simpson 

Geo. Powers 

R. D. Montgomery . . . 

A. N. Lindsay 

W. T. Sills 

E. A. Cook 

Jas. H. Shaw 

Jno. Stevenson 

M. W. Anderson 

F. C. Bendell 

N. W. Purdy 

J. E. Yocum 

S. D. Croft 

J. L. Graydon 

Jas. Ritchie 

T. G. Williams 

F. T. Rowe 

A. S. Couper 

H. J. C. Beatty 

W. Gellatlv 

W. A. Sutherland 

E. J. Walters 

A. Woefrain 

J. W. Durr 

J. G. Martin 

C. R. Gummow 

J. E. Wismer 

H Martin 

C. A. Hall 

G. E. Atkey 

J. S. Allen 

H. H. Betts 

Wm. Root 

G. A. Russell 

E. J. Lee 

W. E. Hofland 

Earl Hall 

Geo. Wells 

S. H. Jones 

H. E. Jeffery 

R. G. Barton 

W. W. Bobier 

C. W. F. Carpenter... 

W. G. Gerhart 

P. G. French 

Thos. W. Solmes 

T. E. Armstrong 

E. R. McNeill 

A. L. MacNabb 

J. R. Weare 

S. G. Newdick 

R. S. Nunn 

D. S. L. MacDougall . 

W. R. Bricker 

Geo. Stewart 

A. P. Freed 

G. B. Hayes 







































































































































Name of Chapter 

Where Held 

Regular Convocation 



Third Tuesday . . . 


Third Thursday 



Fourth Wednesday 

Third Friday 





Third Thursday . . . 




Sault Ste. Marie 

Fourth Friday 



White Oak 

Third Tuesday 


Monday after 1st Wed 

Third Friday 




Third Monday. . 



Second Wednesday 

Third Friday . 






Tuesday Aft., F. M 





Smith's Falls 

Third Friday. . . 






Fourth Monday 


Fort William 

Fort William 




The St. Patrick 

Third Saturday . . 




Vankleek Hill 


Third Thursday 


Third Tuesday 


Third Thursday 




Dawson, Y.T 

Third Thursday 


Third Tuesday 



First Monday 


First Wednesday Aft., F. M. 






Third Tuesday 



Third Monday 


Peel . . 






Third Tuesday 





First Tuesday 



Second Monday 



Fourth Monday 


Third Friday 


Ulster. . . 


Second Wednesday 

Third Monday 







First Principal Z. 
for the Year 1934 

Scribe E. 
for the Year 1924 






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K. C. Thompson . . . 
P. S. Vradenberg . . . 
T. Tiffin 

E. C. Popham 

A. F. Tannahill .... 

R. Clarke 

R. S. Scott 

N. E. Farrow 

W. J. Hazelwood. . . 

H. E. Ward 

W. E. Mcllveen 

J. E. Neill 

G. M. Gorrell 

A. Mitchell 

J. Baxter 

J. E. Woolsey 

W. W. Pollock 

F. A. Baetz 

H. M. Peterson .... 

W. H. Hoflick 

N. McKee 

D. F. Taylor 

B. J. Davis 

Wm. Dryden 

C. J. Mackay 

Jno. M. Low 

Jno. Ferguson 

A. Graham 

F. L. Cunningham. . 
R. A. Stewart 

D. G. Wells 

E. N. Compton. . . . 

S. L. Bartja 

A. E. McKim 

Dr. G. A. Mclntyre . 

D. K. McGregor . . . 

G. T. E. Martin.... 
Dr. G. V. Tario .... 

J. W. Skrief 

W. G. Laing 

J. N. Spence 

R. W. Minchin 

S. P. Embury 

C. H. Vint 

C. N. Irwin 

E. E. Nettleton. . . . 
N. A. McColl 

D. J. Miller 

R. M. Allworth .... 

J. E. Willis 

J. E. Morse 

P. Warr 

A. J. Gardiner 

F.J. Hill 

J. R. Smith 

G. E. Young 

M. S. Levy 

Dr. S. L. Honey.... 
L. Elliott 

C. H. McQuarrie . . . 

F. L. Walker 

J. C. Stoddart 

D. Stuart 

F. H. Ellins 

W. R. Alder 

G. H. Ross 

F. H. Finley 

M. S. Blackburn . . 
H. S. Galloway.... 

J. Herriot 

C. L. Davidson. . . 
W. H. Bain 

G. W. Morrison. . . 
W. J. W. Johnston . 

Dr. B. F. Nott 

J. R. Grinham .... 

H. S. Allen 

Wm. C. Davy 

W. Reid 

C. Loken 

W. W. Tough 

H. E. Menzie 

W. R. Cooper 

Alvin Bunn 

Wm. Babb 

R. B. Hellmer 

S. E. Foster 

W. E. Wright 

T. S. McDonald... 
Mason Horner. . . . 

V. M. Hare 

Jas. Reidf ord 

R. Anderson 

Oliver Coles 

D. P. McDiarmid . 

V. Coulter 

W. R. Ledger 

N. Blackmore 

F. T. Armstrong. . 
A. D. McRae ..... 
V. H. Ricci 

C. M. Linwell 

D. W. Blakely 

J. R. Angus 

D. F. Johnson .... 

T. A. Firth 

Jas. Piokard 

G. M. Wright 

T. J. Mason 

H. J. Turner 

R. D. Keefe 

P. C. Denyes 

J. H. Brown 

S. Vila 

J. A. North 

R. Somerville 

R. V. Conover .... 

H. C. Skinner 

F. L. Hill 

O. C. James 

A. Walker 

Max Cooper 

Frank Wills 

F. W. Smith 

T. H. Sumner 

H. E. Walker 

A. H. Corbett 

A. MacDonald .... 

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First Monday 

Second Wednesday 



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Port Credit 

Port Credit 


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First and Third Thursday . . 
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Third Friday 



The St Andrew 

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St. Paul's. . . 




Third Monday 


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Third Thursday. . . 


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for the Year 1934 

Scribe E. 
for the Year 1924 

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S. F. Smith 

A. A. Howard. . 

Chas. Dean 

J. S. Pickard.... 

E. M. Doull 

A. E. Barlow. . . 
R. F. Dudman. . 
W. F. Gumming 
G. E. Ritchie . . . 
A. E. Hayward. 

D. B. Gollop.... 

E. V. Underhill . 
S. McBlain 

C. B. Morton. . . 

A. Story 

S. Magder 

G. O. Thorne . . . 
Wm. Tanton 

A. C. Reid 

J. A. Foster 

Fred Lloyd 

F. W. Fisher... 
M. Lansdell 

F. H. Weldon... 
R. W. Strike 

D. Morrison . . . 
Geo. F. Doggett 
J. H. Coleman . 
W. A. Ferguson 

J. M. Montgomery 

J. R. Spence 

F. R. Martin 

Sam. Spencer 

H. A. Dunne 

Wm. I. Cole 

W. A. Maxwell 

M. L. Martyn 

K. N. Carrie 

A. W. Acheson. . . . 

A. Fraser 

F. R. Underhill . . . 

M. E. Forster 

J. W. Wild 

M. B. Rigby 

C. A. Merritt 

P. W. Rogers 

J. C. Crinklaw 

W. M. Clark 

F. W. Stopps 

H. L. Clare 

Dr. H. C. Roos . . . 

G. H. Martin 

H. C. Gardner 

E. H. Brown 

Wm. Gillespie 

L. W. Coombes . . . 
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Number of Chapters 159 

Number of Members to November 30th, 1932 24,068 

Number of Registrations to November 30th, 1933 270 

Number of Joinings to November 30th, 1933 49 

Number of Restorations to November 30th, 1933 30 


Number of Withdrawals to November 30tb, 1933 362 

Numbef of Suspensions to November 30th, 1933 686 

Number of Deaths to November 30th, 1933 348 


Net Loss 1,047 

Total Membership to November 30th, 1933 23,021 


No. 1. G. L. Davy, M. V. Buffam, C. W. Dewhurst, J. Hood, A. C. 

Cruchley, W. F. Nobes, L. Kelly, M. B. Donnelly, J. F. 

Martin, E. R. Barr, W. C. Little, H. Breathwaite, H. V. 

Moore, L. J. Linton, L. H. Birkett, Wm. Charles, LeRoy 

Leonard, A. McBride, G. G. Dick, A. R. Graves, Geo. 

Holland, F. M. Clow, J. A. Ferris, H. Somerville, G. E. 

No. 2. W. Minkie, R. J. Smith, J. H. Graves, G. A. Clarke. 
No. 3. Chas. Abbott, J. H. Dorman, E. T. Edworthy, A. Gardner, 

A. C. Moffat, A. E. Naylor, A. Tolmie, G. H. Vaugfhan, 

D. R. Maul. 

No. 4. W. J. Baird, W. L. J. Blakout, J. A. Breth, J. S. Tax, J. A. John- 
ston, A. Robertson, F. E. Smith, E. L. Teale, G. W. Thomas. 

No. 6. E. Stewart, E. M. Precious, A. H. Noble, H. M. Smith, C. W. 
Prosser, J. N. Johnstone, G. R. Haselwood, E. A. Goodwin, 
H. M. Brown, T. A. Boucher, W. Ryan, W. E. Janney, J. H. 
Marsiden, S. W. Brittain, W. Campbell, T. F. Dick, G. E. 
Greenway, E. Lounsbury, A. McKay, M. E. Wallace, E. W. 
Wright, T. J. Wrennick, G. Watt, F. J. Stowe, E. F. Stock. 

No. 8. H. C, Benson, J. E. Wright, H. G. Sargeamt, H. H. Gibbons, 
L. H. Ingram, R. S. Gordon, H. D. West, R. MeLargn, 
C. A. Risk, C. Bodley, H. R. Williams, D. G. Phin, J. L. 
Kinton, G. H. Brett, H. D. Jack. 

No. 16. J. A. Richards, C. E. Langley, P. H. Tod, W. J. Wade, C. B. 
Pomery, R. W. Hayes. 

No. 18. C. Hulet, W. Armstrong, R. Sandercock, D. H. Johnson, F. 

B. Stewart, LeR. Bickerton, G. King. 

No. 19. E. G. Brown, C. G. Ohoate, J. L. Donaldson, W. B. Finlay, 
F. Groom, A. G. Hacker, G. F. Monk, W. G. MacKay, H. 
Meckenzie, D. T. Neil, L. C. Parkinson, 0. N. Parent, H. 

E. Patrick, €. C. Robinson, H. L. Savigny, N. E. Synott, 

F. L. Stapeley, L. R. Story, K. F. Vine, G. A. Welstead. 
No. 20. R. H. Ballantyne, A. J. Cox, J. H. Coleman, F. Darlington, J. 

F. Hanke, I. Harrison, T. G. Hawley, S. May, A. E. 

PI owes, R. Pierson, A. W. Babcock. 
No. 22. H. Amell, F. E. Anderson, C. S. Bass, D. E. Begg, R. E. Hil- 

born, E. Huff, D. E. Hilborn, W. Jones, N. R. Turner. 
No. 24. W. H. Chidley, J. D. McCallum, A. W. Fisher, C, T. Vivian, 

T. A. Grifim, R, V. Alles, T. G. Whiteside, J. F. Sebben, 

F. H. Nelson, 0. J. Brown, C. R. Merrill, W. J. Howe, F. S. 

Weston, A. K. Nixon, E. A. Craig, T. E. Palmer, P. Wilson. 
No. 26. R. S. Young, J. E. MacArthur, J. Buchanan, P. C. Dempsey, 

K. Hess, E. A. McQuade, T. B. Richards, R. C. Titus, 

R. E. Towle. 
No. 2T. D. McC. Bell, C. E. Fair, H. A. Teltfer, H. Williamis, H. 

Williams, Jr. 
No. 29. R. H. Powell, G. T. Vaughan, J. M. Bennett, R. J. Gracey. 
No. 30. W. J. Buehannan, T. M. Davis, J. J. Edwards, V. F. Harri- 
son, T. H. Legg, R. McKay, T. W. Nairn, W. R. Westover, 

E. H. Robertson, H. O. (Sturdy. 
No. 32. J. A. McLaren, H. Johnston, G. Grummett. 
No. 34. W. D. Miniken, A. Schriber, S. E. West, W. J. Totten. 
No. 35. L. J. Stainton. 
No. 37. E. S. Maybee, A. A. Fowler. 



No. 37. R. C. Wilson. 
No. 40. H. Arthur, G. E. Black, J. A. Brown, L. G. Benham, J. 

Barrett, H. Camrpbell, H. I,. Everden, T. W. Fox, A. W. 

Frank, J. B. Grieve, J. M. Milligan, F. J. Milton, C. E. 

Morgan; G. H. Morrell, E. Palmer, E. F. Roberts, J. A. 

Sinclaur, T. Thwaites, G. W. Wallace, J. W. Yokum. 
No. 47. C. H. Ashton, J. G. Clark, G. I. Coulter, J. E. Doolittle, B. 

Kraus, G. J. Medd, W. F. Schram, A. Willard, S. Chappie, 

H. J. Dix, A. E. Drew, 0. B. Howson, C. E. Higby, W. 

H. King, J. Mathven, J. Zimmer. 
No. 53. G. S. Porter, A. Bygrove, H. W. Apps, G. V. Nickwe. 
No. 54. H. Oliver, J. M. Sinclair, C. E. Secord, E. E. Baker, F. W. 

Dealny, J. Maddon, J. M. Porter, C. LeR. Spittler. 
No. 55. H. S. Omelia, \V. S. James, F. Healy, A. E. James, W. W. 

Armstrong, J. W. McMillan, J. D. Usher. 
No. 56. H. E. Donald. 
No. 60. B. W. Hunter. 

No. 62. G. R. Colborne, S, T. Hughes, P. L. Kerr, W. H. Poutney. 
No. 66. T. E. Heron, G. LeR. Hall, H. W. R. Clark. 
No. 73. J. G. Crosby, T. Hare, J. D. McLean, N. MacAulay, G. F. 

Furman, R. J. Newman, J. A. Pollock, A. Pow, H. Bloom, 

H. Grawburg, R. C. Johnson, J. Cochrane, J. R. Craig, 

R. V. McGuire, H. Annett, R. E. Crosby, P. L. Clark, N. 

McKay, F. R. Watson, M. J. Campbell, H. Holmes. 
No. 74. H. N. Evely, W. J. McAlister, S. Puddy, W. E. Buttery. 
No. 77. L. A. Allen, H. S. Abraham, A. B. Chapman, S. J. Glenn, F. 

Rogers, W. Scott, R. W. Button, G. A. Rogers, H. Mid- 

daugh, W. M. Gillespie, J. A, Brikson, W. G. McGrath, 

G. A. Hamilton, G. A. Newman. 
No. 78. W. D. Brand, J. H. Young, R. J. Paisley, G. C. Stewart, H. M. 

Gill, G. L. Ullens, A. Allen, W. D. Rankin, B. Cameron. 
No. 79. T. L. CoUinson, F. M. Johnston, C. M. Day, J. McCormick, 

F. T. Phillips, L. Oldham. 
No. 81. J. A. Gillett, H. McNeil, J. A. Leslie. 
No. 86. W. H. Brown, M. J. Dillon. 
No. 91. A. Anderson, K. J. Allen, J. Bethgate, R. J. Davis, P. 

Forsythe, E. D. Gilmour, A. Gillies, H. A. Greene, C. E. 

Harrison, A. C. Harding, R. W. Kennedy, B. F. Kilbey, A. 

Lees, W. McKenzie, T. D. Rodgers, J. A. Shields, W. H. 

Sterling, E. F. Watson, T. J. Wright, H. H. Windier, 

J. W. Waite, W. Whittaker. 
No. 94. H. M. Maynes, H. H. Thurston, T. Chambers. 
No. 100. A. W. Andrews, G. W. Bradley, W. H. Birks, R. W. David- 
son, W. M. Earl, H. Garbutt, H. N. Somerville, G. A. 

Robins, J. H. Groves, A. E. Henry, J. R. A. Laing, C. J. 

Mowrey, J. A. Milligan, L. R. McLean, N. G. Somerville. 
No. 102. H. Bodley, A. Brewer, R. E. Digby, W. G. Kerr, W. A. Leish- 

man, D. E. MeColl. 
No. 114. E. W. Fisher, W. J. Gemmell, W. D. Steele, R. T. Thacker. 
No. 115. E. Koenig, J. F. Cameron, R. L. Anderson, A. L. Kerr, L. T. 

No. 117. O. Rumpel, T. D. Forsythe, O. W. Shelley. 



No. 119. R. Fairful, G. Jones, C. Maidens, W. D. Mitchell, E. R. Fox, 
E. E. Lethwaite, R. J. Pearse, W. B. Rowley, E. Her, J. P. 
Black, J. E. Battram, M. C. Fox, H. N. Fox, G. Finlayson, 
G. 0. Nelson, K. B. Orley, F. F. Pearse, W. G. Bowies, 
A. H. Hewer, J. A. Snider, B. C. Sheldon, N. A. Simpson, 
H. J. Turner, A. Maidens. 

No. 130. S. A. Covey, J. C, Hawley, W. G. Stevens. 

No. 131. C. E. H. M. Byers, E. G. Burgess. 

No. 139. A. Mathiesion, G. MacGregor. 

No. 140. S. Tritt, R. E. Altford, E. C. Whitelaw, R. Ross, H. A. Cooper, 
G. M. Kendall, C. H. Lundgreen, G. A. Miller, D. C. Kelso, 
J. H. Evans, J. Atkins, G. W. Graves, M. McDonald, H. 
Kemp, C. T. Williams, C. Day, D. R. Rorke. 

No. 144. G. Little, A. F. Clark. 

No. 145. J. H. Boyd, A. Bradbury, C. F. Bolton, W. H. Cooper, W. F. 
Corson, J. A. Carter, L. A. Dack, H. A. Davidson, G. H. 
Densley, H. C. Green, F. C. Holmes, L. A. Howden, J. A. 
Miller, H. Majury, N. L. Norriss, F. C. Ryves, E. W. 
Robinson, J. Scott; G. W. Stoats, G. Sibbetts, T. E. 
Vallentyne, C. G. Williams. 

No. 146. T. Burnett, G. J. Coxon, W. T. Shearer, W. D. Scott, W. 
Shera, A. Harrow, A. L. Hacking, A. Harson, H. H. Mc- 
Donald, J. A. Pritchard, W. Scranton, A. Savage, J. Hills, 
E. Hay, T. Hamilton, G. Jackson, J. H. Lewis, H. E. 
Fallis, R. George, S. J. Grosch, L. E. Gillingham, L. H. 

No. 148. J. W. Robertson, J. W. Holtby, N. MacCuaig. 

No. 149. A. E. Bennett, J. D. Ovens. 

No, 152. P. D. Anderson, R. A. Bryce, G. H. Wood, J. L. Sherr, W. 
M. Kilbride, A. R. Collum. 

No. 153. F. C. Ni#itingaie, 0. F. Burlingham, A. S. Gordon, G. B. 
Lindsay, E. B. Carter, J. H. Fry. 

No. 155. C. S. Bird, T. McDermid, B. R. Calder, F. Butler, J. H. 
Haste, T. F. Draper, G. B. Smith, J. Henderson, W. C. 
Thomson, M. H. Moffatt, J. C. Cochrane, E. W. Taylor, J. 
L. Leask, R. W. McFarlane, W. E. Beache, D. Smith, W. 
G. Mason, R. J. Radford. 

No. 163. B. S. Abbott, J. C. McGuinness, 

No. 184, W. A. Armstrong, J. 0. Clark, M. D. Lock, C. Ferguson, 
C. K. Graham, C. D. Hawkins, 0. L. Teal, F. Hawkins, 
A. Mumbly, H. D. Meller, J. W. O'Neil, J. H. Graham. 

No. 185. C. E. Stanley, M. H. Mitchell, A. L. Spotton, J. M. Henderson. 

No. 195. L. €. Bull, C. Bigham, A. Fletcher, C. F. Grogan, H. Gill, 
W. H. Moore, F. W. Needham, E. H. Reinholt, R. D. Rob- 
son, G. W. Standing, K. Stillwaugh, R. C. Smeaton. 

No. 203. J. W. McKay, T. N. Jacobs, T. J. Code, J. M. Childerhose, 
G. J. White, F. A. Transdale, A. Shraff, W. R. Finlay, 
J. 0. Lewis, W. Grant, J. A. McVichie, F. R. Gibson, A. 
Beachwaty, F. Bramhall, H. A. Day. 

No. 205. H. S. Little. 

No. 212. M. Wilks, J. B. Ellis, S. Greenfarb, J. H. Greenberg, N. 
Halter, J. Levinsky, B. Goodman, J. Wentzel, B. Robins, 
C. Wilson, W. Wolfish, J. H. Coleman, H. Mose, L. Reis- 
berg, W. Wiess. 

No. 215. R. J. Gregory. 


No. 217. N. Bragg, P. Ghristman, J. J. Cantwell, H. Joyce, F. L. 

Stevenson, J. G. Baker, B. J. A. C. Caldwell, L. H. Sharpe, 

R. L. Downey, G. Epworth, W. Hyndman, W. R. Russell, 

J. D. MacBeth, A. S. Rowe, C. G. Roberts, W. Worsley. 
No. 21 8. R. J. Puckering. 
No. 219. C. Dowries, Wm. McKay, E. C. Peavoy, W. J. Hughes, J. F. 

Campbell, C. J. Oughton, F. Slooombe. 
No. 222. W. J. Christie, G. A. Aiken, C. A. Ramsay, E. P. Eveleigh, 

T. Arkley, R. E. Evans, F. W. Stremes. 
No. 223. D. H. McRae, H, S. Gardner. 
No. 224. S. Barnes, S. Holwell, W. Hardie, A. E. Livingstone, H. G. 

Portsmouth, A. C. Carnegie. 
No. 225. C. H. Beavis, H. Binns, S. Boyd, F. J. Cockburn, C. R. Dyon, 

J. W. Johnson, H. W. Kenmore, T. H. McKnight, W. H. 

Nicol, J. Petter, G. Plumb, Sr., G. Plumb, Jr., J. H. Rogers, 

T. Taylor, G. W. Thexton, F. A. Willson, A. M. Passmore. 
No. 227. H. A. Thompson, T. H. Norton, W. H. Howie, E. R. Hinchey, 

W. J. Ford, H. N. Pringle, R. Browning, N. E. Shefield. 
No. 232. W. H. Bagshaw, R. S. Dodds, A. W. Greenway, W. T. Gildner, 

J. R. Kenny, H. E. Myles, A. V. Marsh, W. G. B. Wilkin- 
son, P. Wilson, R. A. Mulholland, G. F. Hills. 
No. 233. B. Sykes, J. L. Miller, J. Morrison, F. M. Lewis. 
No. 234. W. D. Goudy, P. Hurst, J. A. Willoughby, T. H. Cook, L. G. 

King, T. H. Leslie, H. M. Kennedy, F. E. Holmes, H. Red- 

shaw, E. Ballingall. 
No. 238. S. C. Clemence, N. E. Kirk, S. G. Roberts. 
No. 239. H. J. Buchanan, S. S. Stewart, Budd Stewart, H. Millson, 

L. Coleman, G. T. Coleman, A. J. McCord. 
No. 241. W. W. McBain, H. M. Cameron, R. W. Morrison, W. B. 

Mitchell, R. S. Miller, W. B. Elsley, N. G. Whitfield, H. B. 

Kerrinsh, J. Reid, L. W. Pearsall, M. J. Fisher, F. D. 

Wilcox, L. M. Cook, J. H. Pritchard, W. H. Stokes, W. D. 

No. 245. R. A. Holden, W. H. Kinzell, H. R. Gatehouse. 


Alex. Lawrence. 
George Thompson. 
Clifford E. Fair. 
Smith Kain. 
William A. Tackell. 
Andrew A. Kemp. 
Gerald W. Currie. 
Ernest J. Barrett. 
Wilfred C. Johnson. 
Jno. F. McCollum. 
David J. Anderson. 
James Gibson. 
Archibald D. Carmichael. 
William N. Thompson. 
Wilbur Glow. 
A. D. Gorrie. 

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No. 210. William J. McConnell, Harold R. Faulkner, Simon H. Hutt, 
George G. Merkley, Thomas Faulkner, William E. Fitz- 
simmons, Russell E. Sparks, Ray C. Dillabough. 

No. 213. Paul M. Gordon. 

No. 217. Roderick W. McKay. 

No. 224. Robert H. Ackert. 

No. 246. Ivan V. Watson. 


1. R. S. Graham, 236 Albert St., Kiigston, Ont. 

2. D. R. Gibson, 67 Sanford Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 

3. Oliver Ellwood, 274 Dundas Ave., London, Ont. 

4. J. J. Andrews, 105 Douglas Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

5. H. E. Abell, 34 Evergreen Ave., London, Ont. 

6. Bert Stephenson, 99 Peter St., Hamilton, Ont. 

7. Victor H. Graves, 221 Albert St., Belleville, Ont. 

8. Stanley G. Tinker, 75 Kingsmount Pk. Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

15. W. W. Simpson, City Hall, Sarnia, Ont. 

16. Geo. Powers, 16 Rideau Terrace, Ottawa, Ont. 

1& R. D. Montgomery, 472 Dundas St., Woodstock, Ont. 

20. W. T. Sills, 208 Brant Ave., Brantford, Ont. 

19. A. N. Lindsay, 222 St. Paul St., St. Catharines, Ont. 

22. E. A. Cook, Centre St., Prescott, Ont. 

23. Jas. H. Shaw, R.R. No. 4, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. Jno. Stevenson, 72 Ontario St., Stratford, Ont. 

26. M. W. Andison, Box 796, Trenton, Ont. 

27. F. C. Bendell, Box 620, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. N. W. Purdy, 386 King St. W., Oshawa, Ont. 

29. J. E. Yocum, Box 54, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. S. D. Croft, Box 579, Goderich, Ont. 

31. J. L. Graydon, Box 44, Picton, Ont. 

32. Jas. Ritchie, 16 Middleton St., Gait, Ont. 

34. T. J. Williams, Box 807, Barrie, Ont. 

35. Fred. T. Rowe, Centre St. S., Whitby, Ont. 

36. A. S. Couper, 247 Engleburn Ave., Peterboro, Ont. 

37. H. J. C, Beatty, Box 76, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. W. H. Gellatly, 225 Liverpool St., Guelph, Ont. 

41. W. A. Sutherland, 247 Thames St., Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. E. J. Walters, Box 224, Napanee, Ont. 

45. Andrew Wolfrain, Box 12, Castleton, Ont. 

46. J. W. Durr, Church St., St. Marys, Ont. 

47. J. G. Martin, 54 Lansdowne Ave., Chatham, Ont. 

48. Chas. R. Gummow, Box 265, Coburg, Ont. 

53. J. E. Wismer, Box 282, Petrolia, Ont. 

Dr. D. W. Duncan (Acting), Box 694, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. H. Martin, 51 Princess Ave., St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. Chas. A. Hall, Box 167, Niagara,-on-the-Lake, Ont. 

56. Geo. E. Atkey, 254— 6th St. East, Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. J. S. Allen, Box 55, Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. H. H. Betts, Box 55, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. Wm. Root, 40 Pine St., Brockville, Ont. 

60. G. A. Russell, Box 29, Newmarket, Ont. 

61. E. J. Lee, Box 355, Almonte, Ont. 



62. W. E. Hofland, 5 Eglington Ave., Toronto, Out. 

63. Earl Hall, Box 229, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. Geo. Wells, Central Fire Station, Welland, Ont. 

65. Sydney H. Jones, Trinity College, Toronto, Ont. 

66. H. E. Jeffreys, Box 37, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. R. G. Barton, Box 212, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. W. W. Bobier, North Augusta, Ont. 

69. C. W. F. Carpenter, 40 Main St. W., Grimsby, Ont. 

70. W. G. Gerhart, Box 554, Bracebridge, Ont. 

71. P. G. French, Box 157, Amher.stburg, Ont. 

72. Thos. W. Solmes, Drawer 6, Stirling, Ont. 

73. Thos. E. Armstrong, Box 326, Ridgetown, Ont. 

74. E. R. McNeill, Strathroy, Ont. 

75. A. L. MacNabb, Milton, Ont. 

76. Jno. R. Wear©, 2499 Cleveland] Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. S. G. Newdick, 189 Marion St., Toronto, Ont. 

78. R. G. Nunn, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. D. S. L. MacDougall, 115 Jackman Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

80. Wilton R. Bricker, 1514 York St., Windsor, Ont. 

81. Geo. Stewart, Box 483, Spring-field, Ont. 

82. A. P. Freed, 329 Van Norman St., Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. G. B. Hayes, Zina St., Orangeville, Ont. 

84. G. H. Rosis, Box 338, Wingham, Ont. 
86. Fred. H. Finley, Box 19, Meaford, Ont. 
88. M. S. Blackburn, Box 242, Dresden, Ont. 

90. H. S. Galloway, Box 963, Kenora, Ont. 

91. Jas. Herriot, 8 Glen-Avon Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

94. Chas. L. Davidson, 102 Kent St. W., Lindsay, Ont. 

95. W. H. Bain, Box 142, Sudbury, Ont. 

100. Geo. W. Morrison, 166 King St. W., Brockville, Ont. 

102. W. J. W. Johnston, 152 Pilgrim St., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. Dr. B. F. Nott, Box 55, North Bay, Ont 

104. J. R. Ginham, Box 241, Oakville, Ont. 
110. H. S. Allen, Box 10, Warkworth, Ont. 

112. Dr. Will C. Davy, Drawer 40, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. W. Reid, 229 Fourth St. East, Cornwall, Ont. 

114. C. Loken, Box 1019, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. W. W. Tough, Box 68, Paris, Ont. 

116. H. E. Menzies, Box 654, Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. W. R. Cooper, 68 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener, Ont. 
119. Alvin Bunn, Box 106, Leamington, Ont. 

129. Wm. Babb, Box 248, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. R. B. Hellmer, Southampton, Ont. 

131. Dr. S. E. Foster, Box 181, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. W. E. Wright, Box 622, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. T. S. McDonald, Box 1142, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. Mason Horner, Cannington, Ont. 

135. V. M. Hare, Drawer 336, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. Jas. Reidford, 25 Brookside Ave., West Toronto, Ont. 

139. Robert Anderson, Box 504, Havelock, Ont. 

140. Oliver Coles, 525 S. Norah St., Fort William, Ont. 
143. D. P. McDiarmid, Box 354, Maxville, Ont. 



144. Vernon Coulter, Box 117, Brighton, Ont. 

145. W. R. Ledger, 128 Collier St., Toronto, Ont. 

146. Noah Blackmore, Box 218, Listowell, Ont. 

147. F. T. Armstrong, Box 294, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. A. D. McRae, Box 131, Vanleek Hill, Ont. 

149. Victor H. Ricci, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. C. M. Linnell, 105 Oxford St. W., London, Ont 

151. D. W. Blakely, Box 1025, Pembroke, Ont. 

152. J. R. Angus, Box 92, Fort Francis Ont. , 

153. D. F. Johnson, 329 William St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. Thomas A. Firth, Dawson, Y.T. 

155. Jas. Pickard, Ancaster, Ont. 

161. Geo. M. Wright, Box 128, Madoc, Ont. 

163. T. J. Mason, 21 Scott St., Toronto, Ont. 

164. H. J. Turner, West Lome, Ont. 

167. R. D. Keefe, Box 293, Penetanguishene, Ont. 

168. P. C. Denyes, Box 237, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. J. H. Brown, Box 675, New Liskeard, Ont. 
175. Samuel Vila, 241 McNab St. S., Hamilton, Ont. 

184. Jno. A. North, Box 105, Fort Erie North, Ont. 

185. Robt. Somerville, 127 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
195. R. V. Conover, Box 802, Brampton, Ont. 

198. H. C. Skinner, 114 Mary St., Orillia, Ont. 

203. F. L. Hill, General Delivery, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. O. C. James, Box 48, Thornhill, Ont. 

210. A. Walker, Box 180, Russell, Ont. 

212. Max. Cooper, 162 Madison Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

213. Frank Wills, Box 353, Schumacher, Ont. 

214. F. W. Smith, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. T. H. Sumner, 60 Victor Ave., Mimico, Ont. 

217. H. E. Walker, 85 Glebeholme Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 

218. A. H. Corbett, Box 213, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. A. MacDonald, 22 Ferrier Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

220. J. T. Phillips, Lambton Mills, Ont. 

221. W. H. Kress, Box 322, Durham, Ont. 

222. J. M. Montgomery, 518 McLeod St., Ottawa, Ont. 

223. Jas. R. Spence, Box 125, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. Fred. R. Martin, 591 King St. E., Hamilton, Ont. 

225. Samuel Spencer, 39 Heyworth Crescent, Toronto, Ont. 

226. H. A. Dunne, Box 51, Perth, Ont. 

227. Wm. I. Cole, Box 9, Corbyville, Ont. 

230. W. A. Maxwell, Box 242, Port Credit, Ont. 

231. Philipi Bach (Acting), 185 Grace St., Toronto, Ont. 

232. Kenneth N. Carrie, 58 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

233. A. W. Acheson, 63 Earlscourt Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

234. A. Fraser, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. F. R. Underhill, Box 546, Aurora, Ont. 

236. M. E. Forster, Box "P", Caledonia, Ont. 

238. Jno. W. Wild, 19 Lansdowne Ave., London, Ont. 

239. W. B. Rigby, Box 116, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. C. A. Merritt, R.R. No. 1, Smithville, Ont. 

241. P. W. Rogers, 144 Geoffrey St, Toronto, Ont 

242. J. C. Crinklaw, R.R. No. 2, Wilton Grove, Ont. 


243. Wm. M. Clark, 2nd Avenue, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

244. F. W. Stopps, Box 369, Cochrane, Ont. 

245. H. L. Clare, 666 Hamilton St., Preston, Ont. 

246. Dr. H. C. Roos, Bank Montreal Chambers, Weston, Ont. 

247. G. H. Martin, R.R. No 8, London, Ont. 

248. H. C. Gardner, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. E. H. Brown, Box 128, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. Wm. Gillespie, 266 Windemere Rd., Walkerville, Ont. 

251. L. W. Coombs, Swastika, Ont. 

252. Ed. J. Marshall, 226 Proctor St., Sarnia, Ont. 

253. E. Hind, Port Dover, Ont. 





Grand Chapter 

' Name 



Frederick W. Elliott . 

E. M. Carleton. . . 


George W. Slack. . 

Robert W. Clewlo .... 


W. N. Ponton 


W. H. G. Garrioch 

Edward Lankin 

A. P. Goering 

Rev. A. S. H. Cree 

W. Y. Mills 


Frank Ebbitt 

D. H. Mcintosh 

W. G. Price 

Port Credit 

Wm. J. Tow 

W. M. Logan 

W. J. Potts 

John F. Marr 

Charles T. Wilkinson 

Walter H. Davis 

K. J. Dunstan 

R. B. Dargavel 

New York 

New Zealand 

C. W. Haentschel 

J. Austin Evans 

E. C. Berkinshaw 





Edwin Smith 

Ed. Worth 


Smith Falls 

Edward B. Brown 


D. H. McCracken . 

W. H. Wardrope 



J. H. C. Woodward. . . 

E. T. Malone 

V. M. Hare 






W. J. McCollum . 

S. S. Forbes 

W. J. Armstrong 









Grand Chapter 






Briitsh Columbia. 





District of Columbia. 






















New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New South Wales . . . 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 







Rhode Island 



South Carolina 

South Dakota 








Western Australia . . . 

West Virginia 



Lew Lazarus 

F. S. Watson 

James Henry Barrett . 
George H. Wright . . . 
Harry H. Watson. . . . 
Angus L. Cavanagh. . 
Stanley C. Warner. . . 

Geo. N. Delap 

George S. Scott 

Lucien G. Young. . . . 
Chester de Rocher . . . 
Chas. R. McCord . . . 

Chas. Hartin 

Fred W. Soady 

William H. Baugh . . . 
E. W. F. Holler 

Roy H. Clossen 

A. Gordon Sulser 

John W. Armstrong 

J. Blaine Morrison 

Frank W. Brownell 

George I. Daneker 

D. Henry Childs 

Charles Arthur Conover 

J. Arthur Jensen 

Leon S. Lippincott 

Orson H. Swearingen 

H. T. Cummings 

Clemens A. Spellman 

Chas. L. Fulston 

Edgar W. Mair 

Arthur McCarthney Dunstan . . 

Godfrey Pittis 

H. B. Mathews 

Edward W. Rolle 

James Hamilton Harkness 

W. G. Bandy 

Geo. H. Keyes 

G. S. Wright 

Henry Gruen 

William Noble 

John G. Mcintosh 

Samuel Shaw 

Duncan McLellan 

J. C. Knox 

Norris G. Abbott 

Arthur S. Gorrell 

Sir J. C. Watson, M.B.C., K.C. 

Wm. W. Wannamaker 

L. M. Simons 

W. Goodloe 

E. R. Glover 

John C. Brown 

Archie S. Haven 

Wm. Hendry 

Arthur L. Mattern 

Robert L. McCroskey 

Wm. Henry Berry 

Frederick C. Steinbieker 

Elmer S. Owen 

Richard H. Repath 




Fort Smith 











Teire Haute 









Coldwater ' 



Kansas City 



Carson City 




Lindfield, Sydney 

New York City 





East Liverpool 

Oklahoma City 




South Brisbane 





Belle Fourche 








West Leaderville 







Grand Chapter 





Guy T. Smith 

C. A. MacPherson 

Harry A. Drachman 

John Wolfe 

J. W. Prescott, G.S.E. . . . 

Thos. A. Davies 

Edwin Smith, G.S.E 

W. W. Cooper 

Geo. A. Kies 

John W. Macklem 

J. Claude Keiper 

P. Colville Smith, G.S.E.. 

Wilber P. Webster 

W. J. Penn, Jr 

Edward H. Way 

J. E. Jeffers 

Montgomery, Mas. Temple 
1412 Second St. N.W., Calgary 
Masonic Temple, Tuscan, Arizona 
Batesville, 100 Spring St. 
Vancouver, 603 Hastings St. W. 
San Francisco, Rm. 423, Mas. Temple 


British Columbia 



Denver, Rm. 319, Mas. Temple 
Hartford, Mas. Temple 
Wilmington, Box 94 
Washington, Mas. Temple 


District of Columbia 

801 Mulberry St., Macon 
Boise, Box 1203 

Springfield, Box 656 

Robt. A. Woods 

Princeton, Mas. Temple 

0. F. Graves 

H. C. Shellard, G. Reg. . . 

E. Elmer F. Strain 

G. Allison Holland 

John A. Davilla 

Conver E. Leach 

Topeka, Masonic Temple 

New Orleans, Rm. 301, Mas. Temple 

Portland, Mas. Temple 

Winnipeg, Masonic Temple 

Gustav A. Eitel 

Raymond T. Sewell 

Chas. A. Conover 

Boston, Mas. Temple, Rm. 209 

Coldwater, 95 W. Chicago St 

Edward L. Faucette 

Ray V. Denslow 

Luther T. Hauberg 

Omaha, M.T., 19th and Douglas 

Frank D. King 

J. Twining Hartt 

Harry M. Cheney 

Charles D. McCracken. . . 

Alpheus A. Keen 

F. R. Sinden 

Chas. C. Hunt 

Chas. W. Nielsen 

W. Ritchie 

New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

St. John, Ritchie's Bldg. 



New Mexico 

Albuquerque, Box 535 

Sydney, Unity Bldg., 16 Callaugh St. 

New York 

New Zealand 

New York City, Mas. Hall 
Wellington, Box 236 
Raleigh, N.C. 

Walter L. Stockwell 

Brenton F. Porter 

Mont. C. Hambright 

Ira B. Kirkland 

D. Rufus Cheney 

Joseph E. Quinby 

W. W. Williamson, G.S.E. 

R. W. G. Kendrick 

Wilbur A. Scott 

Francis B. Reilly, G.S.E. . 
Geo. A. Howell, G.S.E. . . 
0. Frank Hart 


Truro, Box 145 





Muskogee, Rm. 12, Flint Nat. Bank 
Portland, Masonic Temple Bldg. 
Philadelphia, Mas. Temple 
Montreal, Box 3172 
Box 425 F., Brisbane 
Providence, 87 Wevbossett St. 

Regina, 312 Westman Chambers 

Edinburgh, 76 Queen St. 


South Dakota 

Geo. A. Pettigrew 

T. E. Doss 

T. M. Bartley 

G. B. Roberts 

Sioux Falls, Mas. Temple 
Nashville, 306 7th Ave. N. 



1221 25th St., Ogden, Utah 

Burlington, Mas. Temple 

Charles K. Cahn 

J. G. Hankins 

Wesley C. Stone 

Jno. C. Strickland 

G. M. Ford 

William F. Weiler 

Richard H. Repath 

Chas. A. Conover 

T. G. L. Lumley-Smith . . 

Melbourne, 164 Flinders St. 



Richmond, Box 542 
Spokane, 412 Hyde Bldg. 
Perth, St. George's Terrace 

Wheeling, 1407 Market St. 

Milwaukee, 470 VanBuren St. 


Gen. Grand Chapter, U.S. . . . 
England-Wales M.M.M. L'ge 

Cheyenne, P.O. Box 816 

Coldwater, Mich. 

London, W.C., Mark Masons' Hall 



Grand First Principals of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1934 

*W. M. Wilson 1857 

*Thompson Wilson 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1859-60 

*John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Haiington 1863-4-5-6 


*S. B. Harman 1872 

*C. D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

*F. J. Menet 1877-8 

*Daniel Spry 1879-80 

*Donald Ross 1881-2 

*H. Macpherson 1883-4 

*Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

*Robt. Hendry, Jr 1887 

*R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

*J. J. Mason 1890-1 

*J. E. Harding 1892-3 

*J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

*M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

*Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

*Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

*A. Shaw 1903-4 

*WilIiam Roaf 1905-6 

*John Leslie 1907-8 

George Moore 1909-10 

*Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

*Daniel F. Macwatt 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-6 

A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-8 

Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

*H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

*Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

Edwin Smith 1928-9 

Walter G. Price, D.D.S 1930-1 

Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D 1932-3 

Alexander Cowan 1934 

Honourary Past Grand First Principals of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 


*Henry Robertson 1888 

♦Kivas Tully 1891 

*Hugh Murray 1903 

Harry H. Watson 1909 


E. T. Malone 1919 

*A. T. Freed 1920 

*Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter 
of Canada 

*Thomas B. Harris 1857-73 

*R. P. Stephens 1874-5 

♦Daniel Spry 1876-7 

*David McLellan 187S-91 

*Thomas Sargant 1892-8 

*George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

*Henry T. Smith 1916-1929 

Edwin Smith 1930-1934 

* Deceased. 




Address of Welcome to Grand Z. from Chapters of St. Lawrence 

District 14 

Address of Grand Z 16-28 

Amendments to By-Laws _ 22 

Annual Convocation, Where Held - 3 

Annual Statement of Receipts of Chapters 97-100 

Appointments of Grand Officers 132^133 

Assets of Grand Chapter _ 94 

Audit and Finance Recommendation, Committee to Act 122 

By-Laws, Approved 22 

Chapters by District _ 135-139 

Chapters Represented 4-12 

Chapters Not Represented _ 12 

Civic Welcome _ 13 

Credentials, Reports of Committee on 4-12 

Deaths _ 104-107 

Dispensations Issued - 23 

Distinguished Visitors, Received froni — 

Grand Chapters Quebec, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Grand 

Lodge of Canada, Knights Templar 12 

District Superintendents, Elected - - 92 

District Grand Superintendents, Reports of _ 29-85 

Election of Officers _ 126 

Executive Committee — Elected Members 126 

Executive Committee — Appointed Members 132 

Executive Committee — Benevolence 129 

Executive Committee and Sub-Committee 132-133 

Exaltations and Losses - 96 

Fraternal Correspondence _ - Appendix 

Fraternal Correspondence — Report Presented * 126 

Grand Chapter — Opened - 4 

Grand Chapter — Officers Present 3 

Grand Chapter — Representatives Present 15-16 

Grand Chapter — Closed 133 

Grand Chapter — Banquet, etc 134 

Grand Representatives 154-155 

Grand Secretaries - 156 

Grand Superintendents of District Present 3 

Grand First Principals Since 1857 157 



Grand Scribes E. Since 1857 157 

Grand Chapter — 75th Anniversary 87 

Grand Z.'s Testimonial 4 132 

Grant to Brockville Committee on Arrangements 126 

Greetings and Communications _ _ _ 86 

Guests Convey Greetings * 134 

Honours Tendered Distinguished Visitors 12r-13 

Historian Elected .._ 130 

In Memoriam 102 

Installation of Officers 132 

Luncheon Hour, Banquet *. „ 134 

Membership ,.. 96 

Minutes Annual Convocation, 1933, Adopted 15 

Next Place of Meeting, Kitchener 131 

Notice of Motion 129 

Present Standing of Membership 96 

Presentation, Jewels to Members of Grand Chapters, 25 and 50 

Years - „ 24-25 

Receipts from Chapters 140^145 

Report of Committee on: 

Pictorial History 87 

Constitution and Laws and Jurisprudence 88 

Re Grand Jurisdiction New South Wales 90-91 

Printing .- 117-118 

Life Membership 118 

Grand Scribe E.'s Office 124 

District Boundaries 124 

Reports of Executive on: 

Audit and Finance 119-123 

Benevolence _ 130-131 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 108-117 

Fraternal Dead 103-107 

Grand Z.'s Address 127-128 

Grievances and Appeals 100^101 

Report of Grand Treasurer 93-94 

Report of the Grand Scribe E. 95-96 

Resolution to Receive and Adopt Reports on: 

Audit and Finance 123 

Benevolence - 131 

Committee on Pictorial History 87 

Committee Re Grand Jurisdiction New South Wales 91 

Committee on Grievances and Appeals 101 

Committee on Printing 118 

Committee on Life Membership 118 



Committee on Grand Scribe E.'s Office 124 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 117 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 90 

Fraternal Dead .._ _ 103 

Grand Treasurer and Grand Scribe E 100 

Grand Z.'s Address „ 128 

Returns of Constituent Chapters 97-100 

Restorations _ .... 149-150 

Royal Arch Masons in Good Standing, Admitted 15 

Rulings of Grand Z - 21 

Scrutineers of Ballot 125 

Special Committee Appointed Re Royal Arch Masons' Welfare. 128-129 

Suspensions - - 146-149 

Scribes of Chapters — Names and Addresses 150^153 

Second Day — Wednesday _ 126 

Vote of Thanks to: 

Credentials Committee 125 

Installing Board 132 

Scrutineers : - 130 

Brockville District, etc. .._ 130 


A — Asleep — awake — 'South Carolina. 
Anthology — North Carolina. 
Amu sement — Vermont — Texa s — Iowa . 
Adversity — Ohio. 
At Work— Alberta, 1932. 
Abbott, Leon- — Massachusetts. 
Agriculture — North Dakota. 

B — Biography — Saskatchewan. 
Budgets — Montana. 
Banks — Nevada — Maine 1 — Kentucky. 
Builders — Ohio — Alberta, 1932 — Massachusetts. 
Beauty — Quebec. 
Buoyancy — Quebec — Louisiana. 
Body and Soul— Alberta, 1932. 
Benevolence — Mark Master. 
Benedictus — England. 
Bible — W i s con sin . 
"Brithers" — Scotland — North Carolina. 

C— Church— Ohio. 

Communism — Manitoba — Colorado — Iowa. 

Capitular Rite — New Mexico — New Jersey — Texas — Virginia — 

Massachusetts — England. 
Codes — North Carolina. 
Craft — California — Iowa. 

Courage — Vermont — 'New York — Arizona — Kentucky — Colorado. 
Circle of Elders — North Dakota. 
Clubs — New York — Colorado. 
Courtesy — New York. 
Corn walli s — Texas . 

Challenge — Arizona — District of Columbia. 
Contact — Kentucky. 

D — Dispensations — Massachusetts. 

De Molay — 'Massachusetts — Wisconsin. 

Dependent Membership — New Jersey — N. Carolina — Texas, Colorado. 

Death — Life — Nova Scotia — N. Carolina — Louisiana. 

Depression — Georgia — Indiana — Alberta, 1933 — Kansas. 

Dollar — Nevada. 

Democracy of Dead — Wyoming. 

Democracy — Delaware — Manitoba — Wyoming. 

Delinquents; — New York. 

Do it now — Tennessee, 1933. 

Doctor— Alberta, 1933. 

Dreams — District of Columbia. 

E — Eastern Star — Idaho — Nevada — North Dakota. 
England — 'South Carolina. 

Education — N. Carolina, California — N. Dakota — W. Virginia. 
Entertainment — Wyoming — Wisconsin. 
Extravagance — New York. 
Epitaphs — Manitoba. 
Einstein' — Arkansas. 

Extraneous — Kentucky. ' 

End of the World — Mississippi. 
Eulogy— Alberta, 1932. 


Epigrams — Colorado. 

Enthusiasm — District of Columbia. 

F — Fervency and Zeal — Kentucky. 
Followers — (Saskatchewan. 

Faith — New Jersey — Connecticut — Manitoba — Mississippi. 
Friendship — New Jersey — Connecticut — Quebec — Texas — Kansas — 

Alberta, 1932. 
Funerals — Georgia. 
Flag — Nevada — Iowa. 
Fruit— Alberta, 1932. 
Future — 'Massachusetts. 
Forward ! — Wisconsin. 
Finances — Wisconsin. 

G — 'Generosity — Delaware. 

Grand Secret "nm — New Hampshire — Oregon — British Columbia — 

Alberta, 1933— Iowa. 
Grand Representatives — Washington — Maine. 
Grand Superintendents — Louisiana — Massachusetts. . 
Grace before Meat — England. 
H — Home — Montana — Oregon — Indiana — Ohio — Texas — Alabama — Vir- 
ginia — Massachusetts. 
H o p e — C onn e cti cut — O re gon . 

Humour — Vermont — Texas — Mississippi — Alberta, 1932 — West Vir- 
History — Washington — Tennessee, 1932 and 1933 — Kansas — Virginia. 
High Priesthood — New York. 
Haste— Utah. 
His Majesty — (Scotland. 
I — Index — Idaho. 

-Invocation — New Jersey — Nova Scotia — Washington — New York — 

Ohio — West Virginia. 
•Idleness — 'Pennsylvania. 
-Immortality — Utah. 
Inflation — Oklahoma. 
Invalids — Texas. 
Irish Free State — Kentucky. 
-Imperial Forces — Scotland. 
J — Joiners — Washington. 

Jurisprudence Committee — Indiana — New York. 
Jurisdiction — British Columbia. 
Job — Mississippi. 
Jewels — 'Scotland. 
Jerusalem — Scotland. 
K— Klondike— Tennesse, 1933. 
L — Liquor Business — Wyoming. 
Lighthouse — Saskatchewan. 
Lawyers — Montana. 

Light — New Mexico — Alabama — Colorado. 

Leadership — Nova Scotia — Washington — Wyoming — British Colum- 
bia, North Dakota — Alabama. 
Laws — Pennsylvania — Maine. 
Landmark — Oklahoma. 
Library — West Virginia. 
Life — North Carolina. 


M — Memories — Maine. 

Memorials — Idaho — 'Georgia — Pennsylvania — Ohio — Alberta, 1933 — 
Kan sa s — C ol orad o — M a s sa chu setts — Wi s con sin . 

Mortgaging — Georgia. 

Mother — Washington. 

Mansions — Pennsylvania. 

Militant Masonry — Indiana. 

Manhood — Delaware — Louisiana — Scotland. 

Master Masons — Ohio. 

Marks — Colorado. 

Manners — England — Wisconsin. 
N— N.R.A.^North Carolina. 

New South Wales — Scotland. 
0— ^Official Family— North Dakota. 

Officers — (New Hampshire — Oregon — New Brunswick. 

Orphanage — 'North Carolina. 

Obituary — North Carolina — Oregon — Pennsylvania — Utah — See 

Opportunity — Tennessee, 1933. 
P — Portraits — -West Virginia. 

Prosperity — New Zealand. 

Peripatetic — New Zealand. 

Poetry — North Carolina — British Columbia. 

P.M. Degree — -Connecticut. 

Peace — Pennsylvania. 

Play Fair — North Dakota. 

Petitions — Kentucky. 

Patriot — Iowa. 

Prospects — Wisconsin. 

Pruning — Delaware. 
Q — Queensland — Mark Master England. 
R — Research — Wisconsin. 

Review — Montana — New South Wales — Colorado — Virginia — Oregon. 

Roll Call — Connecticut. 

Repression — California. 

Ritualist — California — 'Utah — Oklahoma. 

Readjustment — Manitoba — Oklahoma. 

Restoration — M aine . 

Relief — Utah — Massachusetts. 

Rainbow — Texas — Louisiana. 
S — -Sunshine — West Virginia. 

Sky — West Virginia. 

Self-starters — New York. 

Scotland — New South Wales — Virginia. 

Sash — C onnecti cu t . 

Scott, Sir Walter — Pennsylvania. 

Secretaries — Pennsylvania — Tennessee, 1932 — Virginia. 

Suspensions — Wyoming — New York — Kentucky. 

Solicitation — Indiana. 

Spiritual — Arkansas — Mississippi. 

Service — Arkansas. 

Standards— Alberta, 1932. 

Stream — Iowa. 

Students — Iowa — Virginia. 

Statistics — England — 'Scotland. 


T — Temple — Nova Scotia — Georgia — Tennessee, 1933 — Mississippi. 

Triangle & Circle — Oregon. 

Taxation — Indiana. 

Tools — Delaware — Louisiana. 

Time — Arizona. 

Turn Corner — District of Columbia. 

Teaching — Iowa. 

Triple Tau — Wisconsin. 

Trade — Wisconsin. 
U — Unseen — New Brunswick. 

Up and Doing — Indiana. 

Unifying — Quebec — Scotland. 

Unemployed — Alabama. 
V — Victory — Mississippi. 

Visitations — West Virginia. 
W— Welcome— Alberta, 1933. 

Wife — Oklahoma. 

War — Wyoming. 

Welfare Committee — Ohio. 

W.M. prerequisite — Quebec. 
Y — Yesterday — California. 

Youth — Tennessee, 1932 — Massachusetts. 

Belleville, February, 1934. P.G.Z. 



Charles 0. Rolfe, Grand High Priest. 

Guy T. Smith, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Sixth Convocation was held in 
Montgomery, December 5, 1932. Canada was faithfully repre- 
sented by Lew Lazarus. 

The Commissions of three Grand Representatives were 
revoked for non-attendance for three years. 

Distinguished visitors from Tennessee and Mississippi 
were welcomed. 

From the introduction to the G.H.P.'s address we make the 
following quotations: — 

"And as one looks back upon the record of these years, the achieve- 
ments accomplished, the work attempted, the failures which none of us 
can ever forget, one is amazed that with all the opportunities so little has 
been actually realized. 

"At no time in the history of Alabama have the economic conditions, 
the fearsomeness of the future and the lack of employment, followed so 
rapidly on the heels of a period of lavish spending, high salaries and 
fast living with its accompanying selfishness in our mode of living. 

"The brightest jewel in the crown of Masonry in Alabama is the 
Masonic Home. 

"They are our jewels, and it should be our great aim to guard and 
protect them in their young lives. 

"Nothing could appeal to us more forcibly than the orphan children 
of our deceased Brethren in our Home at Montgomery." 

The Committee on Masonry and American Citizenship 
reported : — 

"These forces of civic destruction have taken advantage of the 
apparent listlessness and inaction of the whilom leaders of the people, and 
the unrest of the people themselves. 

"Unfortunately, Masonry, in a measure, has suffered somewhat from 
a similar lethargy, and hence, has not responded to the call for leader- 
ship, as has been its historic wont. 

"The times demand unselfish, patriotic and prophetic leadership." 

This from the Committee on Necrology: — 
"There is no life beyond the reach of light." 

The Committee on Work ruled : — 

"The Chapter must be opened on the Royal Arch Degree in due form 
for the transaction of business ; but Lodges of Mark Masters, Past Mas- 
ters, and Most Excellent Masters, may be opened for the purpose of con- 
ferring degrees without opening the Chapter on the Royal Arch Degree 
except at a regular convocation." 

William H. Stewart was elected G.HJ?. 
Membership, 7,316. A startling net loss of 2,265 was 

John W. Lawrence represents Alabama. 


ALBERTA, 1932 

James A. McGhee, Grand Z. 

Clifford R. Wentzel, Grand Scribe E. 

The Eighteenth Convocation was held in Edmonton, 16th 
March, 1932. Seven Past Grand First Principals present. 

In the absence of G.S.E. through sudden illness, afterwards 
ending in death, Comp. Ironside acted. 

A dstinguished visitor from Manitoba was welcomed. 

From the able address of the Grand First Principal we 
make these extracts: — 

"In serving as your Grand First Principal I have been broadened and 
enriched by the wealth of affectionate friendship and loving companion- 
ship that have come to me through my visitations to the various Chapters 
and the consequent association with the splendid men who comprise our 

" 'God made man an earthly habitation, 

The body soil in which the soul might grow. 
This little life is but the preparation 

The soul must know. 
And then some day man's errors overcome him, 

The body fails, the soul is wise, 
And them the God that takes one small world from him 
Give him the skies.' 

" 'Though the Warrior's sun is set, 
Its light shall linger 'round us yet 
Bright, radiant, blest.' " 

He travelled over 10,000 miles. 

He speaks of his visit to us in Hamilton in the following 
kind words: — 

"On February 24th it was my privilege to visit the Grand Chapter of 
Canada, in Hamilton, and to assist in celebrating the seventy-fifth anni- 
versary of our 'Mother Grand Chapter.' I extended to them the greet- 
ings of this Grand Chapter and was asked to convey to this Convocation 
their appreciation, kindly fraternal greetings. 

"Many pleasing associations were formed and contacts made, and the 
delightful hospitality of the good Companions of Manitoba and Ontario 
made my visits enjoyable, profitable and memorable." 

A communication from our own M. Ex. Comp. Haentschel 
was read. 

Degrees were conferred on a Companion from Canada by 

Joseph V. Follett was elected Grand Z. 

A speech was delivered by the Rev. Phillip Duncan on "A 
Mason at Work" at the Banquet, containing with others the 
following striking thoughts : — 

"I remember a Superintendent of Missions who one day was walking 
along the sidewalk when he met a little chap. He stopped and asked 
him, 'What is your father?' 'My father,' said the youngster, 'is a Pres- 
byterian, but he isn't working at it.' 


"I think that is true of a great many Masons. Some of us have been 
attending Lodge devotedly for many years and yet we have not started to 
work at Masonry. 

"I think, of course, that Masons ought to get to work and build a 
Nation. It is a mockery if we are not builders, and if we are we need to 
build a nation. We recognize since the World War empires have fallen 
and new responsibilities have come upon us. 

"Somehow or other we have got to create a new nation. And I am 
wondering if it will be the honour and privilege of Masons, who are 
builders of personality, to help along the time when nations shall be bound 
to each other with the golden chains of real brotherhood." 

Canon Middleton prepares the Reviews in his usual almost 
perfect manner, saying in his introduction : — 

"Consequently, with the inevitable readjustment of social conditions, 
which will be reflected in the Capitular world, our leaders face the great- 
est era in Masonic history. They will have tasks and responsibilities 
thrust upon them such as neither we nor our fathers knew. They will 
have to work from a higher plane of enlightenment and drive a machin- 
ery of life more powerful than that of any former generation. They face 
the task of re-constructing a broken Capitular world. They must redeem 
the high spiritual motives, enthrone new moral ideals and enforce new 
moral standards. They will have to speak in world terms and cast their 
vision accordingly. As the poet says, they will have to 

" 'Thrill with the joy of girded men 

To go on forever, and fail, 

And then Co on again." 

He speaks kindly and fully of Canada. We make the fol- 
lowing extracts: — 

"The 'Address of Welcome from the Niagara District Companions' 
reads something like the eulogies often recited about California. Here 
is a portion: 'For those who travel West will arrive at the porchway 
or entrance (not of King Solomon's Temple but) of the Garden of Canada 
with Niagara Falls as its eastern entrance, and those travelling East 
will arrive at the Town of Grimsby, being the western entrance to our 
District, overflowing with bountiful supplies of all domestic fruits and 
agricultural products, and world renowned as to historic features, scenic 
beauty and electric power.' 

"We are still revelling in the Grand First Principal's Address and 
recommend this for your deliberation: 'One point seems to be generally 
agreed upon.' 

"The Annual Report on Capitular Masonry always reminds one of an 
'Epistle to the .' It needs no comment. 'Amid the surge of depress- 
ing commercialism and social insecurity, Royal Arch Masonry continues 
the even tenor of its way.' 

"To comment on the illuminating review of M.E. Companion Ponton 
would be a work of supererogation. It is a treasure — a gem — a veritable 
companion. It contains humour, pathos, joy, solemnity, deep spirituality 
and rich erudition. He reminds one of Whittier: 'Earth, sky, home's 
pictures, days of shade and shine.' 
This is cheer worth while. 


ALBERTA, 1933 

Joseph V. Follett, Grand First Principal. 

Cyril A. MacPherson, Grand Scribe E. 

The Nineteenth Annual Communication was held in Cal- 
gary, 15th March, 1933. Eight Past Grand Z.'s being present 
doing duty from the wealth of their experience. 

From the biographical sketch of the Grand Z. we take the 
following tribute : — 

"The demands on the life and time of a medical man are ceaseless and 
exacting, but, in spite of this, Companion Follett has never neglected the 
claims of those two great moral and spiritual forces — Masonry and the 

M. Ex. Comp. Ironside said in a welcoming address: — 

"I will proceed from the Golden West towards the East, introducing 
to you first M.E. Companion Donald Adams, a Past Grand First Princi- 
pal of that province of which Sir Wilfred Laurier said: 'That smiling 
land where mountains are, whose feet are kissed by the waves of the 
Pacific Ocean.' Proceeding next to 'Those unshorn fields for which the 
speech of England has no name — The Prairies/ let me introduce to you 
my old friend, Comp. Geo. Burgess, and also a friend new to this meet- 
ing, Comp. Henry L. Adolph." 

After an invocation prayer by M. Ex. Comp. S. H. Middle- 
ton charged with thought, the civic welcome was given and 

From the address of the Grand First Principal we take the 
following: — 

"My whole year of office has been singularly free from any clouds or 
mists that might mar the happiest feelings of brotherly love and co- 
operation pertaining within the bounds of our whole Masonic horizon. 

"At the very beginning of our last Annual Convocation we were all 
saddened by the news that our Grand Scribe E., Clifford R. Wentzel, had 
been taken suddenly ill. 

"Many Companions from Calgary and outside points attended the 
funeral, thus showing their love and respect for departed merit." 

Of the crisis of the cross-roads, he says : — 

"During this period of descent I fear that many of our Chapters have 
developed what I shall term the 'Depression Complex.' This 'complex* is 
a deadly one, and if carried to its logical conclusion can only spell ruin 
and disaster to your Chapters. Let us shake off this pernicious mental 
attitude and take a more positive viewpoint and I am assured we will be 
surprised at the satisfactory results that will ensue. 

"Somehow we have developed the habit of having the Grand Z. visit 
every Chapter in the Jurisdiction. Companions, I question the wisdom 
of this procedure, especially in these difficult times. We elect, and pay 
a small sum of money to District Superintendents to visit the Chapters in 
each District once. 

"In no Chapter have I found the amount spent on benevolence to be 
nearly in proportion to the amount spent on our personal entertainment." 

Membership, 2,593. Net decrease, 137. 


The Committee on Condition of Capitular Masonry say and 
quote : — 

"We note that several Chapters have adopted what they term 'Ladies' 
Night/ This idea is a good one. 

"Teaching and practice, give added significance to the scriptural 
injunction to 'Love the Brotherhood; fear God; honour the King.' " 

Of the late Comp. Wentzel, Grand Scribe E., the Commit- 
tee report: — 

"He was clean and honourable as a man, faithful and diligent as a 

" 'He longest lives, 

Who for others serves and gives 
Himself forgetting.' " 

The Review of Fraternal Correspondence is not this year 

Archibald West was elected Grand Z. 

Frederick S. Watson represents Canada, and John M. 
Empey represents Alberta. 


C. J. Gregory, Grand High Priest. 

John Q. Wolf, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-fourth Convocation was held in Little Rock, 
November 17, 1932. Eleven P.G.H.P.'s buttressing the Grand 

Canada was represented by Jeff L. Davis. 

The G.H.P. began his address with the following, "Time 
flies and we find ourselves in this City of Roses to meet 
again" : — 

"By and large, I would say that the Craft is in just about the same 
condition as I found it. 

"It has been my observation that no condition can be so bad but it 
could be worse, nor none so good but that it might be bettered. 

"I was more impressed than ever, of the spiritual potentialities of 
Royal Arch Masonry. 

"One cannot reflect, even briefly, without realizing that Royal Arch 
Masonry has played a part in all worth-while phases of human activities 
— it has been in our country what it has been in the countries across the 
seas, a brotherhood in which the moral, social, physical and spiritual 
welfare of the individual has been fostered. 

"Masonry is supposed to serve. Albert Einstein, a great German 
scientist, has this to say: 'Here on earth each of us comes for a short 
visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes, seeming to derive a purpose. 
From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do 
know; that man is here for the sake of other men — many times a day I 
realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labours 
of other men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert my- 
self in order to give as much as I have received.' The best service we 
can render is to live our tenets." 


No appropriation for office rent having been made, the 
Grand Secretary was handicapped. He concludes frankly: — 

"To be perfectly frank the condition of the Craft is not good. It will 
grow better or worse, according to the vision we have of the worth of 
Royal Arch Masonry." 

Membership, 4,898. Net loss, 692. 
The Committee on Memorials quote: — 

"The golden evening brightens in the West; 
Soon., soon, to 1 faithful warriors cometh rest; 
Sweet is the calm of Paradise the Blessed." 

Omar D. Freeman was elected G.H.P. 

Frederick M. Elliott represents Arkansas, and apparently 
George H. Wright has been appointed to represent Canada. 


Clarence V. Gulley, Grand High Priest. 

Harry Arizona Drachman, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-third Convocation was held in Phoenix, March 
14, 1933. 

Nine P.G.H.P.'s adorned and strengthened the Grand East. 

James H. Barrett duly represented Canada. 

From the annual address of the G.H.P. we take the follow- 
ing paragraphs: — 

"Time, that invisible monarch of whom we are all subjects, has 
brought us together again. It has taken away another year and stored it 
in the archives of the Past, leaving us that much more removed from the 
dimly revealed beginnings of our ancient and honourable Order. 

"This condition is not local, but universal. Property values have de- 
preciated, and in many instances have almost entirely disappeared. Busi- 
ness in almost every line has fallen off. Stocks and bonds have dropped 
almost to nothing and many have lost their listings. Prices of staple 
commodities have dropped far below the cost of productions. 

"Stalwart Masons have been threatened, or even gone down in the 
contest. It has come to mean a challenge of Masonry to Masons. Let us 
accept the challenge. Let us not be discouraged because we have not 
added great numbers to our ranks. Let us not criticize harshly because 
some of our Companions have seemed indifferent. Let us not condemn 
wholesale all who have dropped out. We do not know their individual 

"If ever there was a time in the history of Masonry when we should be 
tolerant, when we should spread the mantle of charity, when we should 
temper justice with mercy, that time is right now. 

"May we all move along down the stream of Time in full peace and 
harmony, singing songs of love and fellowship, performing deeds of kind- 
ness and mercy." 

He announced the appointment of Alexander Saunders, of 
Sarnia, as Grand Representative of Arizona. 

Membership, 1,187. Net loss, 125. 

Queensland was recognized. 


James Raymond Mallot was elected G.H.P. 
Among the decisions the following: — 

"That it is illegal and improper to confer any of the Capitular degrees 
on Sunday. 

"That a Stated Meeting of a Chapter cannot be "called off" to a sub- 
sequent day or evening. That the transaction of all regular business 
must be confined to the evenings named as Stated or Regular meetings." 


Samuel Drake, Grand Z. 

J. W. Prescott, Grand Scribe E. 

The Fifteenth Convocation was held in Victoria, 21st June, 

Of the G.H.P., in his biography, it is said : — 

"His motto is a good one, 'Always Working.' " 

Twelve P. Grand Z.'s graced the Grand East. 

H. H. Watson duly represented Canada. 

The Grand Master was presented. 

From the address of the Grand Z., the following: — 
"Particularly, I would mention Rt. Ex. Comp. Prescott, our amiable 
Grand Scribe E., who has proved to me that without the efficient co-opera- 
tion of the incumbent of that office, the Grand First Principal's tenure of 
office would be an unenviable one. 

"The relations existing between the neighbouring State and ourselves 
are of warm, deep and lasting friendliness. 

"I suggest that this Grand Chapter take no steps in this matter, at 
this time, further than to express the hope that wise counsel and good 
judgment will soon bring about harmony in the Royal Craft in New 
South Wales. 

" 'And I think when I read of the Poet's desire, 

That a house by the road would be good; 

But service is found in its tenderest form 

When we walk with the crowd in the road. 

" 'There are wounds to be healed, there are breaks we must mend, 
There's a cup of cold water to give ; 
And the man in the road by the side of his friend 
Is the man who has learned how to live.' 
"It is my sincere wish that the great I Am will grant to each and all 
of us, wisdom to understand the plan which he has laid down for us, 
knowledge and strength to carry His designs into execution, and peace 
and contentment to enjoy the fruits of our labours." 

28 Chapters. Membership, 2,635. Net decrease, 149. 
Grand Registrar Fea presented a model Report. 
Alexander Macduff was elected Grand Z. 
E. N. Carleton, Toronto, represents British Columbia. 
J. W. Prescott presents his fourteenth annual Review 
saying with confidence: — 

A feeling of optimism is found in the various books of proceedings, 
and a determination that the work of Freemasonry shall continue to 


prove its usefulness in every community as a blessing to those who come 

under its influence. 

" 'Another year hath gone and added to your aige? 

Nay, 'tis not so, my friend — you're turned another page 

In Life's great story book, and now before your eyes 

Another chapter lies, 

To tell us all alike, the patriarch and youth, 

How run the blessed paths that lead us on to truth!' " 

This from Columbia Review: — 

"He says, 'Leaders among men are rare, while the chapters are grate- 
ful for the workers among their members, true leadership is required not 
arm chair directors with plausible alibis.' " 

A fine portrait of M.E. Comp. Watson precedes the Review 
of Canada at London. He speaks of our 443 delegates present, 
of the welcome we had, of our special visitors, of the 103 dis- 
pensations granted and also of several refused : — 

"He ruled that a Master Mason must be in good standing in a Craft 
Lodge to be eligible to apply for membership in a Chapter." 

He devotes a good space to the report of our Grand Scribe 
E., Edwin Smith: — 

"The report of the Grand Scribe E., M.E. Comp. Edwin Smith, is 
brief, but very interesting. Eeading between the lines, it would appear 
that the entrance of the efficiency and economy experts was not altogether 
welcome. Like high pressure experts of any line of business they do not 
know the many sacrifices of the business manager of the organization to 
achieve success, nor can they possibly know of the thought and anxiety 
which is a continuous performance with him in his earnest endeavour to 
keep all the machinery working well. However, the careful manager 
under review collected $16,020, and still had $502 on hand after paying 
all calls." 

And he gently alludes to our "imaginary" claims to juris- 
diction as follows: — 

"Several prominent Companions, living outside the Province of Ontario, 
were appointed on important committees, but it was decided that trans- 
portation facilities would only be allowed when the member arrived at 
the boundary line of the Province. Does this mean that such committee 
members must live in the Province of Ontario, or is it the commencement 
of the renunciation of Dominion wide jurisdiction?" 

He kindly speaks of our Review, saying: — 
"His copious review of British Columbia for 1932 gives a generous 
idea of matters in the West. 

This from the address of Grand Chaplain Broughton of 


"God pity all the lonely folk 
With griefs they do not tell, 
Women waking in the night 
And men dissembling well. 
God pity all the brave who go 
The common road, and wear 
No ribboned medal on their breast 
No laurel in their hair." 


Twelve pages are devoted to Scotland. We can only quote 
one paragraph : — 

"The suppliant of Reason in the appeal made to us is extra judicially 
a believer in the effectiveness of a sub rosa hint to the Masonic World 
that where a just cause cannot be tabled and domestic peace asserted, 
irresponsible methods, insulting to those asked to use them, are justified." 

A virile verse from Texas : — 

"He squares himself and wades right in 
With a mind to fight it out and win; 
Who helps me stick with the fighting clan, 
I say again, I like that man." 


Carl Barnard, Grand High Priest. 
Thomas A. Davies, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventv-ninth Convocation assembled in Riverside, 
April 18, 1933. 

M. B. Jones, General Grand King, was welcomed. 
Grand Chaplain Emeritus Brougher wrote :- — 

"That if he had just a little of the money that some people said they 
had lost by the 'repression/ he would spend enough of it to take a flying 
machine and soar over the mountains and desert to Riverside, just to 
spend two days of happy fellowship with his greatly beloved Companions 
of the Golden State." 

Twelve P.G.H.P.'s graced the Grand East. 
Canada's Grand Representative was not present. 
Four survivors of earthquake and fire of 1906 were re- 

From the address of the G.H.P. we take the following: — 

"Here, in this delightful City of Eiverside; here, amongst the charm, 
the 'individuality' and unbounded hospitality of her people, are we met to 
deliberate, in frank, fair and friendly manner, the problems with which 
this great Institution is concerned. The Yesterday, with all of its per- 
plexity, its anxiety and its distress, has brought forth in each of us a 
deeper appreciation and a more clear understanding of the principles and 
teachings of our Brotherhood, and we go forward into the Morrow with 
calm, with spirits re-dedicated to our Cause and with resoluteness born 
of individual adversity and suffering. The great Ben Franklin said: 
'After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.' All I may dare 
to hope is, that, in the performance of my tasks, the errors I have com- 
mitted will be judged as fairly as were fair the motives which prompted 
their occurrence. 

"By train, automobile and airplane it has been possible for me to 
officially visit sixty Chapters. 

"Our Fraternity has always stood 'four square' in the advancement 
of public education and I bespeak a continued like attitude in that behalf. 
There must be no alarmist campaign directed at the public schools. Logi- 
cal reductions in budgets can be made, but any move to seriously lessen 
or retard a forward movement must be halted. 


"I hold to the opinion that we, as Royal Arch Masons, too seldom 
attend Blue Lodge. As members of the Craft, as members of this Order, 
we should manifest more interest in the work and fellowship of the 'Great 
Mother.' " 

Membership, 24,347. Net loss, 1,216. 

A new Committee that of "Policy and Purposes" did good 

Claudius A. Marckley was elected G.H.P. 
The Committee on Necrology reported : — 

**One by one, we step across the mysterious line which divides terres- 
trial TIME from celestial ETERNITY." 

Charles H. Burgess, of Toronto, represents California. 
Angus L. Cavanagh represents Canada. 

Again the light hand and strong touch of William T. Paullin 
is engaged in the Report on Correspondence. We wish we could 
quote his whole Foreword, which contains the following: — 

"Again unanimity rules! All Grand Chapters have attained a net 
loss. It is useless to discuss which of them has the bigger and better 
loss. The reasons and causes of losses still provoke opinions, nor are sure 
cures unheard of. Sepulchral comments are made by some Grand High 
Priests, possibly because they associate the subject with necrology. There 
is nothing divine in numbers that we should bow the knee to them, either 
in adoration or in fear. Rather are they our servants, to guide us from 
the mistakes of the past into nobler future achievements. It is in the 
darkness that we need a beacon, not when the sun shines. 

"In mere words there is no magic. Good ritualist and true Companion 
are not necessarily synonymous terms. Forms in themselves are of little 

"One honoured scribe this year ventures to ask whether many of our 
lost members have not been actually cheated. It is not a foolish cry for 
us to abandon ship. It is a call to us to be willing to undergo assay, to 
fix our true worth. In form, we have a noble organization. We, the 
Companions high or low, are the substance. Voluntarily we have come 
within the portals. To what end? 

"No generation has been without its sycophants. 
"Express in life the joy and inspiration that is born of companionship 
in common aims." 

Canada at Hamilton received friendly treatment. He says 
of the Grand Z.'s address: — 

"The Address was constructive in spirit. It stressed the pant that 
Capitularism has played in all worth while phases of human activity in 
America as well as in Asia and Europe. 

"Its effect in the promotion of friendship and the sound weave of 
character has been felt in all communities. 

"The G.Z. did not overlook economic conditions and consequent unem- 
ployment. They have been met by 'a guild of friends' though the test 
was severe. We are returning to the appreciation of profound spiritual 

Other remarks are: — 

"We marvel at the number of dispensations — some 95. Sixteen to 
attend Divine Service. 


"The reports are encouraging. Even the lone Chapter in the Yukon 
is showing a new lease of life. 

The Committee on the Condition of Capitular Masonry urged care in 
selecting candidates', decorous and unabbreviated ceremonies and the 
demonstration of the proficiency of candidates before advancement. 

"P.G.Z. Ponton again presents one of his inimitable reviews. He 
urged that it be read. Can it be that this quintessence of Capitular 
history, garnished with the best thinking, is unread? Five pages are 
allotted to California. Nothing has escaped the pen of the scribe. Our 
initial review is graciously received with several quotations from the fore- 
word. Being human, we are grateful and trust we are worthy of the 
kind words written." 

Just a touch from New York: — 

"We are now building bigger and better losses. The Address of 
G.H.P. Clarke is 'The Capitular diary of a very busy man on a full time 
job and then some.' " 


Harold E. HedJund, Grand High Priest. 

William W. Cooper, Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-eighth Convocation was held in Denver, Sep- 
tember 22, 1932, with seventeen P.G.H.P.s adding the honours 
of service to the Grand East. 

Distinguished visitors from Kansas and Nebraska were 

Stanley C. Warner duly represented Canada and with the 
others was presented by the Grand Captain of the Host. 

The address of the G.H.P. is interesting and contains the 
following: — 

"A strict adherence to our teachings and principles of Capitular 
Masonry offers a cure that will be effective and lasting. I am not in any 
way alarmed at the prospects for Capitular Masonry, for it is grounded 
too deep to be upset by any temporal disarrangement, but I do feel that 
in the vernacular of slang, we should take up another notch in our belts 
and redouble our efforts." 

A Commission is recorded as having been issued to R.E. 
Comp. Albert E. Bryson as Grand Representative of Colorado. 

The prohibition against solicitation of Master Masons was 

In his conclusion he hopes that each will go away with a 
firm resolution to revitalize our tenets and instill new life in 
the home Companions." 

Membership, 7,355. Net loss, 257. 

The Book of Marks was found to be incomplete in 26 

The Grand Lecturer says: — 

"Royal Arch Chapter meetings are distinguished by the friendly, 
informal spirit displayed by the Companions attending. As a rule, those 
present are old friends, have worked together in the Lodge, have known 


each other well in. civil life, and this makes the convocation resemble a 
family reunion. Those who do not attend miss a fraternal stimulus." 

Lee R. Home was elected G.H.P. 

This from the Committee on Memorials: — 
"May we not think of the life of men as the tides constantly washing 
up on the shores of eternity? Through this life flow those great streams 
which we may call Masonic fraternity, giving life and productiveness 
wherever they touch, making the shores of eternity attractive and taking 
away the chill of death and chaotic oblivion. Wise indeed is the mariner 
who sets sail upon this sea, guiding his craft into those warm waters of 
fraternal association and charting his course by the influence of that 
great planet known as God. Such men are they whom we grieve to-day 
as losses to our fraternity through their passing to that distant shore 
which we know as the Kingdom of God." 

Edwin H. Snyder gives a striking introduction to his Re- 
views : — 

"Interesting and instructive and, at the same time, afford them a 
cursory view of the trend of thought and the conditions obtaining within 
the Grand Jurisdictions covered. 

"The long-distance acquaintances are becoming a pleasure. We ap- 
preciate the complimentary references to our first effort, usually closing 
with, "but he commented little." Chiseled in the walls of our marble post- 
office building in Denver is: 'If thou desire rest, desire not too much.' 

"About an equal number who have deserted Royal Arch Masonry for 
the things they appear more capable of comprehending — picnics, dances, 
Triple Tau Clubs, etc. 

" 'A compact few united by the tie that binds are stronger than the 
loosened cords of the many.' It is not ours to boast of popularity, but it 
is ours to lead the blind by ways they know not, to direct them in paths 
they have not known, to make darkness light. 

"The Convocation was held in a tabernacle. The Most Excellent 
Master Degree was conferred by members of the Marion County (In- 
diana) Royal Arch Chapter Association, with a cast of two hundred Com- 
panions, a choir of one hundred voices, and in the presence of two thou- 
sand five hundred Royal Arch Masons. Beyond the possibility of any 
doubt, this was not only the largest, but the most interesting and most 
worth-while gathering of Royal Arch Masons ever assembled in the 

" 'Coming in by the hundreds and dropping them out by the thou- 
sands !' An illustration of the nature of the optimism in mind: Royal 
Arch Masonry in this jurisdiction is in a good and sound condition; we 
lost 158 members." 

From the Review of Alabama: — 

" 'To-day as never before this government of the people has been 
challenged by enemies from within and from without; that the cohorts 
of communism, with a legion of ignorant zealots, have attacked the out- 
posts with cunning propaganda and subtle organizations. '• It calls upon 
Masons to act as a vanguard to enlighten the people to the dangers which 
surround them." 

From British Columbia: — 

"The question: 'Can a Chapter member hold his membership after 
taking his dimit from his Craft Lodge?' 'A dimitted Mason from a 
Craft Lodge retains his membership in his Chapter so long as he pays 


his dues.' Such a ruling is certain to breed chaos : an edifice which con- 
tinues to stand after its foundation has 'been removed must necessarily be 
of little weight." 

Under Canada at Hamilton it is noted that 19 Chapters 
were not represented, that Grand Chapter was warmly wel- 
comed and that 59 Grand Representatives answered roll call. 
He cites two full extracts from the Grand Z.'s address. He 
kindly says of our Review that it is an epitome of the trend 
of Royal Arch Masonry throughout the world. 

Under Connecticut and of Kies he says : — 

"The Review of Proceedings is by Geo. A. Kies; it is his twenty-third, 
and it clearly evidences his ability and experience; and right now it 
causes us to think: Who would care to read the Proceedings were it not 
for the Correspondence Reports?" 

From Michigan this touch: — 

"His argument is both pleasing and forcible, etc., but the thought 
occurs to us that more important would be to devise a method whereby 
light could be radiated into Royal Arch Masons before arriving at the 
exalted station of Grand High Priest, and next in line to that position." 


George C. Devaul, Grand High Priest. 

George N. Delap, Grand Treasurer. 

George A. Kies, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-fifth Annual was held in 
Hartford, May 9, 1933. Eleven Past Grand High Priests 
adorned the Grand East. 

Canada's Grand Representative, George N. Delap, was 

Distinguished visitors from Ohio, Vermont, New Jersey. 
Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania 
were welcomed with true Connecticut hospitality. 

We make the following extracts from the able address of 
the G.H.P. :— 

"Another milestone of Capitular Masonry has been passed. We look 
back upon it only as a guide by which to build in the future: taking. from 
it those things which are worthy of consideration. 

"Its value can best be determined by the measure which the individual 
places upon its possession. 

" 'I know not what the future hath 
Of marvel or surprise, 
Assured alone that life and death 
His mercy underlies. 

" 'And so beside the Silent Sea, 
I wait the muffled oar; 
No harm from Him can come to me 
On ocean or on shore.' 


" 'Ships that go places 
Don't wait for the tide.' 

"We do not make friends as we make houses, but discover them as 
we do the arbutus, under the leaves of our lives, concealed in our 

"The Grand Chapter of Canada met at London. Connecticut was 
cordially invited, but was obliged to pass up this pleasure. 

"There is such a thing as overcharitableness of which many a man is 
apt to take advantage. 

"Men find themselves and come to a fuller realization that in serving 
one's fellowmen one is receiving a reward which neither money nor price 
can buy." 

Membership, 15,237. Loss, 829. 

The Roll of Chapters was called at the close of Grand 
Chapter session and the one delinquent Chapter was sum- 
moned to appear at the next Annual. 

Harvey J. Milne represents Connecticut. 

Our veteran friend, George A. Kies, P.G.H.P., presents his 
twenty-fifth characteristic Review. He contrasts the travelling" 
expense by rail as less than half that by motor. He gives 
another experience : — 

"Another Grand Chapter adopted a drastic regulation prescribing that 
travel charges should be gauged by the shortest mileage and the cheapest 
method. 'No Pullmans.' " 

Of the Degree of Past Master he says : — 

"It shows the frequent efforts to get the degree on a stable basis, also 
occasional efforts to drop it, and oncq to induce the General Grand to 
legislate constructively on the matter. But the latter has cannily (and to 
our mind rightly) refused to grasp this hot end of a poker. Finally the 
Grand Lodge of Missouri abolished the degree. 

"With brutal frankness, we unhesitatingly express our personal 
opinion that all UjS. Grand Chapters should immediately drop this degree 
from Capitular curriculum." 

Under British Columbia Review we read: — 

"Interfering with the regular convocation has been frequently chal- 
lenged; however, the Jurisprudence Committee used smoked glasses and 
passed it as 'furthering the interests of the Chapter.' " 

Canada at Hamilton is well reviewed, our colleague say- 
ing :— 

"Referring to their 75th anniversary, the G.Z. descants interestingly 
on some of the major points in their history and the evolution of their 
country's growth. 

"He rightly adjures to open promptly on the hour set by the by-laws, 
so as to close at a reasonable hour. This might well apply everywhere. 

"$2,500 was voted for benevolence, all but six being for widows. 

"Grand Superintendents 'carry a wealth of encouragement.' They 
urge against undue rigor." 

Of our Review: — 

"Despite the length of the review, his comments are few and terse. 
One struck our eye: The G.H.P. is a lawyer and his lineaments express 


it.' Whew! By just what method does one lawyer detect legal 
"lineaments" in another? 

"Comp. Ronton 'would abolish the Sash,' which is a part of Canada's 


Harvey V. Holloway, Grand High Priest. 

John W. Macklem, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-fifth Convocation was held in Wilmington, 18th 
January, 1933. Delaware may be a relatively small State but 
when nineteen P.G.H.P.'s appeal' in the Grand East it must 
have been a grand sight. 

Distinguished guests from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New 
York, West Virginia and Maryland enjoyed Delaware's hospi- 

The scholarly address of the G.H.P. is outstanding. We 
wish we could quote more. The following will illustrate his 
matter and manner : — 

"Masonry might be said to be in a dormant state. But in the light of 
certain analogies, this will more than likely accrue to the real advantage 
of the Craft. For a generation or so we have become so accustomed to 
measuring our success by numerical growth that there are those who feel 
that as soon as the numbers fail to show constant increase positive 
decline has set in. Those, however, who have studied the history of 
Masonry in Delaware, as in other Jurisdictions, realize that what the 
institution is now going through is the same as that which every fruit 
tree in our fine orchards experiences every year after the harvest. The 
sap ceases to rum, the leaves drop from the branches and to the casual 
unknowing observer the tree is dead. Not so, however, to the orchardist. 
No sooner has the last leaf fallen than armed with pruning hook and saw, 
he begins to lop off excessive growth of twig and branch and to begin the 
war against insect pests with his dormant sprays. 

"Masonry is neither dead nor dying. The pruning period is about 
over. The sap has begun to rise, the buds have begun to swell, and a new 
period of growth has already begun. This has been made possible by 
personal effort. The good husbandman is already beginning to reap the 
rewards of diligent labour. 

"Before the operative craft organization ceased to exist, philosophi- 
cally minded members began to see in the common tools of the craft more 
than devices for the squaring of stones, the plumbing of walls and the 
measuring of materials. They began to see that the tools of their craft 
had spiritual significance as well as practical utility, that a square stone 
might be typical of a "square" man, that an upright wall might be typi- 
cal of an upright life, that beautiful adornment in architecture might be 
typical of the beauty of noble character. These and similar realizations 
became the basis of a new concept and new possibilities in the organiza- 
tions of free masons. 

"Man desires to perpetuate himself. The works of his hands and the 
products of his mind are among his dearest children. He realizes that 
material things soon pass away. 

"We must not lose sight of the fact, however, that certain dangers lie 
in being able to explain to our own satisfaction a status quo. Seeing little 


or no signs of life, we may be tempted to neglect to fertilize and other- 
wise to care for a valuable orchard. 

"Should we not feel under as much obligation to old members as to 
new ones? 

"As I have again and again pointed out, in my addresses to the Chap- 
ters during my official visits, the prime function of Masonry is the build- 
ing of Manhood. 

"The experience of thousands of years in the life of the race is 

Of the dead he speaks: — 

"They are gone. Some of them were known personally by some of us 
here present. Their going is their gain. But as a result of their going 
the Masons who are left must assume new and added responsibilities. 

"He also wrote into it his own high character and lofty ideas, and 
besought his Companions to use to noble purpose the "gift of time" be- 
stowed upon each other in equal measure by the Giver of all good gifts." 

Thus he closes: — 

"Ours is a rich heritage. The noblest concepts are to be found in the 
teachings of Masonry. 

"Those who have lived long in darkness may not safely be brought 
suddenly into the brilliant light of the sun. Generosity does not demand 
profligacy. Let us share with care, but let us share. The world to-day 
needs keener and better informed minds. 

"The present plight of the world has produced and will continue to 
produce all kinds of solutions for a way out. In Russia we have changed 
from an autocracy of the aristocracy to an autocracy of the proletariat 
under the guidance of the principles of communism. In Italy we have a 
dictatorship. In this country we have a part of all these and have added 
to the confusion by proposing to apply the autocracy of technocracy to 
freedom of democracy! What will be the outcome no one can foresee. 
One thing, however, is certain : we are building a new world. If the new 
order of things is to be an improvement on the old, I am convinced that 
greater concern for the welfare and happiness of the individual must be 
the outstanding fact. This can be realized only through the application 
of the principles enunciated by the Master Teacher of all times — Love of 
God and love of fellowman. These are the fundamentals of Masonry. 
To the dissemination of this doctrine we as Masons are solemnly 

Membership, 1,767. Net loss, 74. 

John P. LeFevre was elected G.H.P. 

George Slack represents Delaware. George S. Scott repre- 
sents Canada. 

Thomas J. Day presents his seventeenth able and con- 
centrated Review. 

Under Canada at Hamilton he speaks of our many dis- 
tinguished guests, of the welcome we received and of the 
Grand Z.s reference to the collection of dues, which he 

The report of the Committee on the Anniversary is thus 
spoken of: — 



Luther H. Waring, Grand High Priest. 
J. Claude Keiper, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-fifth Convocation was held in Washington, 
February 10, 1932, nine P.G.H.P.'s present. 

Canada was faithfully represented by Lucien G. Yung. 

A visitor from Maryland was welcomed. 

From the address of the G.H.P. we take the following : — 

"Our difficulties and handicaps are common to our entire country, if 
not the whole world. As it is a long lane that has no turn, I feel that 
this Grand Chapter will find a turn just around the corner. 

"May the coming years he good to you and yours. May your assiduity 
and activity be ever commensurate with your duties, opportunities and 
responsibilities. May earth's good fortune and heaven's blessing be 

"We should not permit ourselves to become imbued with the idea that 
there is nothing which we can do under existing conditions to retain our 
membership and to make additions to it. We should realize that the 
more difficult the task which lies at our hands, the greater is the need 
for effort to perofrm it by intelligent planning now. 

"The slogan of the Masonic Bureau is typical of its policy: 'The em- 
ployer must be served; the applicant must be qualified.' This is ideal 
Masonic service. 

"Much will be expected of us by the Companions attending the convo- 
cations and we must see to it that everything possible is done to meet 
those expectations. 

"Dreams do not all come true. It is impossible to execute some plans, 
attain some desired goals, or realize some cherished hopes." 

Membership, 5,897. Net loss, 144. 

Charles C. Coombs was elected G.H.P. 

Robert W. Clewlo, of Toronto, represents District of Colum- 

C. Fred. Cook, whose term as Grand Master has just ended, 
prepared the Reviews containing the points of most interest 
in the reported Proceedings. He is an exponent of leadership. 

In his Review of California he says: — 

"What is most needed is individual activity in a common task. Some 
try to attach an outside interest. Even that may be overdone. Our real 
task, nevertheless, is within Capitular Masonry. We need to actualize 

"With enthusiasm aroused, we can safely bide the result. Our future 
is as bright as we make it." 

Canada at Niagara Falls is kindly treated and he praises 
the Grand Z.'s address, which expresses confidence that the 
high ideals, and eternal truths will continue to direct our con- 

Under Scotland he quotes : — 

"He went on to say that the imperial forces are an insurance for 
imperial trade." 


"The Committee on the 'Seventy^fifth Anniversary' reported recom- 
mending that a Souvenir Booklet containing the photos of the Past Grand 
Z.'s, with a short history of their activities be prepared and that thirty 
thousand copies be printed and distributed through the Scribes E. of the 
Constituent Chapters, this report was adopted. 

"Companion Ponton presents a very complete report on Cor- 
respondence. " 


H.R.H. The Duke of Con-naught, First Grand Principal. 

The Lord Ampthill, Pro First Grand Principal. 

Lord Cornwallis, Second Grand Principal. 

Sir Colville Smith, Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation held 1st February, 1933, at Free- 
masons' Hall. 

This direction was given that the Grand Director of Cere- 
monies should take precedence next after the Past Deputy 
Grand Registrars. 

It was the melancholy duty of Grand Chapter to report the 
death of many distinguished Companions who have been con- 
spicuous by their devotion to Royal Arch Masonry. 

Six petitions for new Chapters were granted. 

Lord Ampthill made some casual reflections on the ancient 
custom of saying grace, in which we read with interest and 
satisfaction: — 

"The custom of saying Grace has not varied much in form during the 
whole of the Christian era, and it is one of the few forms of family and 
social prayer Which have never died out. It has been well said, that the 
Saying of Grace is the universally accepted mark of 'good manners' in 
Religion, and that is what makes the custom so tremendously important. 

"There is a world of truth in the famous saying of William of Wyke- 
ham, that 'Manners makyth man/ and certain it is that without manners 
there would be no security for religian or morals. 

"I said just now that the custom of saying Grace is one of the few 
forms of family and social prayer which have never died out. 

'Freemasonry has without doubt done much to keep alive the custom 
of saying Grace, both on public and private occasions. That has been 
done by that power of example which is always better than precept, and 
by the force of the traditions of which we are the proud guardians. I 
venture to think that, in this matter at any rate, the Craft has rendered 
an appreciable service to the nation! in a matter of vital importance. 

"I do not know how our predecessors came to adopt those curt Latin 
Graces, which are now maintained as if they were sacro-sanct and part of 
our profession. It is surely not believed that any of the Grand Originals 
made use of the Latin tongue! The forms 'Benedictus benedicat,' and 
'Benedicto benedicatur,' are by no means peculiar to Royal Arch Masonry, 
as so many believe them to be. They are far older than our Order, as 
they are old Collegiate Graces, They were probably devised in circum- 
stances and by men to whom brevity was the main consideration. I dare 
say that they appealed to our predecessors on the same account when, 
perchance, they were casually introduced by some member of the Order 


with academic habits and leanings. But be that as it may, the fact 
remains that many Royal Arch Masons of to-day do not understand the 
meaning of those four Latin words., and only a few can recite them 
correctly. There have, indeed, been some truly deplorable misquotations. 

"I should therefore like to see one of those Excellent Companions who 
is in Holy Orders composing a Grace that had such a bearing on the 
principles of the Royal Arch Degree that we could make it our own, — a 
Grace which would compel thought as well as thanksgiving, since the two 
must needs go together if either of them is to be of any use. 

"Who will dare to say that mere brevity is praiseworthy in the form 
of Grace when we are assembled as Freemasons for refreshment? Who 
practises economy of words when it comes to praising and thanking one 
another? Where is the advantage of brevity when words cease to have 
meaning to the majority of hearers? 

". . . . And, let us remember that, when we say Grace at a Masonic 
repast we are helping to maintain an ancient custom which is of great 
value to England, not only from the religious point of view but also as a 
social bond and a moral exercise." 

Quarterly Convocation 3rd May, 1933. 

Kenneth McLean Marshall was elected Grand Treasurer. 
All other Grand Officers correspond with those of Grand Lodge. 

Grand Chapter donated £750 to the Masonic Peace Me- 
morial. Then follow pages of accounts receivable totalling 
over £3,500, the last Chapter being No. 5327, Victoria Falls, 
Livingstone, Africa. 

Quarterly Convocation 2nd August, 1933. We note among 
the Grand Officers present Algernon Rose, personally known to 
this Reviewer. 

An amendment was made that the precedent of the Craft 
in the matter of non-residence of Provincial and District Grand 
Officers should be followed. 

Six petitions for new Chapters were found regular and 
were granted. One of them will meet at the Coach and Horse 
Hotel, Cheshire. 

Major Cecil Adams delivered an address to Grand Chapter 
from which we take the following paragraphs: — 

"'Gordon Hills gave us a summary of the early history of the two 
Grand Chapters of England, terminating with their Union. 

"On the 18th of March, 1817, the two existing Grand Chapters were 
opened in separate rooms in Freemasons' Hall. The members then pro- 
ceeded to a third room where H.R.H. the Duke of Sussex, the Grand 
Zerubtbaibel designate, was awaiting them, and the United Grand Chap- 
ter of England was then declared to be formed. 

"At various times during the last century, difficulties have arisen 
with other Sovereign Grand Chapters, owing to the rights of English 
Craft Lodges which have existed in their territories. 

"This caused trouble first in 1860, for a few months after recognizing 
the Grand Chapter of Canada, a new Charter was granted by us for a 
Chapter in that territory. A protest was made by the Canadian Grand 


Chapter, and eventually they declared the new Chapter to be an illegal 

"In 1886, the Grand Chapter of Quebec severed friendly relations with 
us because (as we had agreed) two English Chapters remained at Mont- 
real in its territory. Probably, by way of a reprisal, in 1888, the Cana- 
dian supreme authority chartered three new Chapters in Australia which 
were, of course, declared by us to be irregular. These misunderstandings 
were very unfortunate, and really quite unnecessary. The breach with 
Quebec was not healed until ten years ago. 

"Our regulation requiring every Chapter to be attached to a Lodge 
has caused another difficulty, for in some places, the formation of new 
Grand Lodges has left the English Chapters with no available anchorages. 
This happened in New South Waesl in 1889, when it was necessary for 
the Charters of nine English Chapters to be withdrawn, because no 
Lodges remained available. This principle of attachment has been held 
to be the of the greatest importance ever since the Union, and the status 
of the Lodge has always been considered when its members have peti- 
tioned for a Charter for a Chapter." 


Joe. A. Moore, Grand High Priest. 

W. J. Penn, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Eleventh Convocation was opened in 
Macon, April 26, 1933. A fine array of fifteen P.G.H.P.'s re- 
ported for duty. 

Canada was represented by Charles R. McCord, who was 
subsequently elected G.H.P. 

From the brief address of the G.H.P. the following: — 

"You have been an inspiration to me and I come now to place a new 
and a greater emphasis upon the fellowship of you. 

"'Since the high peak of membership in 1927 when we reached the 
great number of 17897, losses have been recorded each year until now 
our membership is 9,493, which is practically the same as in 1917. The 
Grand Secretary has met every request from a subordinate Chapter for 
aid and assisted in exalting 49 of the 89 who were exalted. I must also 
express my gratitude to you in giving me the co-operation of this wiry 
little man whose very being is shot through with Masonic enthusiasm. 

"In the spirit of our ancient Companions we re-build the house and 
temple of the Lord in our civilization, we discover and bring to light 
the marvellous spiritual and moral truths revealed to us applying them to 
our own and aiding our neighbour." 

The Grand Secretary, who has been in office for a year, 
said : — 

"It has been the policy of your Grand Secretary where there was a 
particle of life, not to arrest the charter, but on the other hand to en- 
courage them to more activity. 

"In addition to collecting back dues, I have visited sixty-four Sub- 
ordinate Chapters, attended six District Conventions, besides numerous 
Blue Lodges. 

Membership, 9,493. Startling net loss, 2,545. 


The Grand Secretary receives great praise from the Com- 
mittee: — 

"Though small in stature, his accompli shments have been the most 

The Committee on Memorials quote:* — 

"If I can stop one heart from breaking, 

I shall not live in vain; 

If I can ease one life the aching, 
Or cool one pain, 

Or help one fallen brother 

Unto his feet, I shall not live in vain." 

This from the Committee on General Welfare: — 

" 'Man's extremity is God's opportunity.' In times of distress, the 
great movements that have meant so much to man's advancement, have 
had their origin." 

The Order of High Priesthood met under the Presidency of 
P. T. McCutcheon, who is also the Foreign Correspondent, pre- 
senting his Eighth Annual. In his introduction he says : — 

"Depression seems to have struck all of the Grand Jurisdictions heavy 
blows, some more than others, of course, and the trends among all of 
them seem to be to increase the force of fellowship, develop real leader- 
ship, teach the fundamentals of Masonry and remove from its sacred 
precincts the sordid tendencies of club life, thereby making men instead 
of sporting ipigmies. Just enough to show the real spirit that is taking 
hold of the Grand High Priests and the Grand Chapters in the efforts to 
restore normalcy, increase interest, and bring Masonry in its pristine 
strength and unmeasurable standards back to the God^given apex from 
which the negligent seem to have allowed it to skid in recent years." 

Canada at Hamilton is pleasantly reviewed: — 

"He speaks of our array of Grand Officers and distinguished visitors. 

"Georgia's faithful and able Grand Representative was detained at 
home by illness. 

"The Grand Z. presented an eloquent and inspiring address, showing 
accomplishment against greatly adverse conditions. 

"All going to show that the Canada Companions had been in action 
during the year as well as the Grand Z. 

"Though ill, Companion Ponton submitted his usual series of fine 
Reviews. There's not a good suggestion made or a constructive plan 
outlined by any Grand Jurisdiction that escapes his eagle eye." 

Here is another new phrase under Connecticut: — 

"Companion Kies submitted his Review, more than a hundred pages 
of courteous coverage, including Georgia." 

Under Florida the following: — 

"But first we must puti our house in order, and to do so, we must 
. recognize and return to first principles. 

"Masonic Bodies, more or less everywhere, hypnotized by the prevail- 
ing influence of wild extravagance have succeeded in mortgaging, not 
only the income, but the Spirit of the fraternity." 

Under Michigan this comment: — 


"He recommended a Chapter funeral service, but Grand Chapter did 
not approve. It seems useless. Blue Lodge and Commandery seem suffi- 
cient; few request even Commandery burial." 

This Reviewer is proud to represent the gallant State of 


Lawrence Clos, M.E. G.H.P. 

Edward H. Way, Grand Secretary. 

The Twenty-fifth Convocation convened at Pocatello, 16th 
May, 1933. Recess was called to introduce the Representative 
of the O.E.S., the Worthy Grand Matron, who quoted in her 
address : — 

"By the compasses, Masons are guided aright, 

Though steep be the way, and though dark the night; 
And the Stars, by that Bethlehem shining ray, 

Are guided through gloom, 
To the brightness of day." 

Distinguished visitors from Wyoming and Montana were 

Canada's Grand Representative did not respond. 

The G.H.P. urged the Companions to carry forward the 
ideals of Capitular Masonry and the fellowship of men. 

Joint Memorial Services for R.A.M.'s and Knights Templar 
were arranged for the followiwng day. 

The G.H.P. concluded his Christmas greeting with the 
following : — 

"Forward the day of Universal Peace. May the banner of the valiant 
and magnanimous Knights be in the vanguard of this noble endeavour, 
maintaining and sustaining the high purpose to which we are vowed." 

Membership, 2,238. Net loss, 185. 

Ten Past Grand High Priests were honoured. 

Albert E. White was elected G.H.P. 

At the memorial services those who have broken the seal 
of eternity and solved the mystery of immortality were hon- 
oured. This verse was quoted : — 

"We tread the paths their feet have trod, 
We sit beneath their orchard trees; 
We turn the pages they have read, 
Their written words we linger o'er; 
But in the sun they cast no shade, 
No voice is heard, no sign is made, 
No step is on the conscious floor." 

In an address delivered at the anniversary programme, 
Grand Lecturer Cone spoke on "Glad Tidings". 

The Grand King quoted : — 

"Let us now praise famous men and our fathers that begat us. The 
Lord hath wrought great glory by them through His great power from 


the beginning. Leaders of the people by their counsels, and, by their 
knowledge of learning, meet for the people; wise and eloquent in their 
instructions, There be of them that have left a name behind them that 
their praises might be reported. And some there be which have no me- 
morial, who are perished as though they have never been. But these 
were merciful men whose righteousness hath not been forgotten. With 
their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance. Their seed stand- 
eth fast and their children for their sakes." 

W. H. G. Garrioch represents Idaho and Charles Hartung 
represents Canada. 

Frank G. Burroughs presents an able but much condensed 
Review, saying in his Foreword: — 

"There are as many alibis as there are Grand Jurisdictions and about 
as many remedies. Many believe the cure is to be found in Leadership, 
some in more social activities and more education, and so it goes. 

Reviewer Allen of North Carolina has a worth-while editorial that I 
think should receive a lot of reading. I am printing most of it. Take 
five minutes off and read it. 

"Read Reviewer Brig-gs of New York on Bicentennials. If the writer 
didn't so thoroughly agree with him, we'd say George had indigestion 
when he wrote it. He throws some Current Calame at this writer, but 
we don't care." 

Canada at Hamilton is fairly and fraternally reviewed. He 
speaks of our "Grand High Priest's" (First Grand Principal's) 
address and what he had done. He has read the reports of the 
Grand Superintendents and quotes our approximate attendance 
as being only 20% at regular meetings and 10% at emergent 
meetings. He quotes the cogent remarks from the Grand 
Scribe E.'s Report and kindly says of this Reviewer, noting the 
omission of Idaho: — 

"This is a pity, because Companion Ponton's review is one of the most 
painstaking and comprehensive of any that reaches this table. An idea 
of this may be gathered from the fact that he makes a topical index which 
itemizes every subject treated. For instance, under 'Economic Stress,' he 
lists no less than ten different referenicesi and under 'Education,' some 
sixteen different treatments." 

Under Wyoming we read: — 

"If some of the so-called 'Leaders' do not roll up their sleeves and 
work at least twice as hard as their predecessors did ten years ago there 
is going to be little but discouragement ahead." 


Allen Van Buskirk, Grand High Priest. 

Robert Archer Woods, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-seventh Convocation opened in Bloomington, 
October 19, 1932. Sixteen P.G.H.P.'s were present . 

William H. Baugh represented Canada. 

Charles A. Conover, Grand Secretary of General Grand 
Chapter, was among the distinguished guests. 


The G.H.P. opened encouragingly : — 

"I express the hope that you may be filled with interest and enthusi- 
asm — the real active spirit so essentially necessary in the development of 
our several Chapters. 

"Even in the face of adversity, and while we have lost numerically, 
we have gained in interest and effectiveness. " 

Of the Home he says : — 

"They are justly proud of the fine work that is being accomplished 
there. The Grand Chapter has always been a voluntary contributor to 
this institution." 

He advocated group meetings under the Grand Lecturer. 
He rightly frowns on solicitation of votes : — 

"Such unmasonic solicitation of votes still continues to be practiced by 
overzealous ComDanions. among whom we find Past Grand Officers of 
other Grand Bodies in the state, who have sent out written communica- 
tions soliciting preferment for certain Companions for office in this Grand 
Chapter. We submit that it is time for the Grand Chapter to take definite 
action regarding this matter." 

Membership, 30,054. Net loss, 1,034. 
Grand Chaplain Tyler delivered an address on "Militant 
Masonry". Here are some of the things he said: — 

"In days when the glow of prosperity shall again radiate throughout 
the land. 

"In order to avoid a misunderstanding, let me remind you that there 
are two distinct ideas of militancy in the world. 

"But there is the peaceful order of militants represented in our pro- 
tective groups who serve and serve well our entire people. 

"In this spirit of protective power, and in the fighting spirit of those 
who will maintain that which is right and good and true, we Masons 
have a great task to perform. 

"It would be a deplorable thing if Masonry were lined up in any 
propagandist or semi-military movement. But with differing opinions 
about many things and about details in particular, we can still stand as. 
one man for certain ideals. 

"We have been taught the ideals of honest labour. Masons of old put 
their 'mark' upon each piece of work because it was a proof of honest 
labour of which they were not ashamed ; and the nation to-day needs a 
man's temple which will show what he has done and the quality of his 
labour. Honest labour and just rewards for all concerned are basic 
tenets of our teaching." 

George Clarence Cole was elected G.H.P. 
John Stevenson, of Stratford, represents Indiana. 
The Order of Hisrh Priesthood appears to be a live body. 
Robert Archer Woods presents his Twenty-second Annual 
Review for our edification. In his introduction he says: — 

"We must be up and doing. How much more needful to-day is that 
same cry! 

"One thing must be done : we must snap out of our lethargy and set 
our minds to the work." 

His Review of British Columbia is interesting: — 


"Why did he not decide as he felt was right, and then fight for a 
reversal by Grand Chapter? Surely, a Companion who does not maintain 
his membership in the Lodge is not worth the place in the Chapter. 

"'Some people do look through a glass darkly. 

"The Jurisprudence Committee begs to report that 'no matters have 
been submitted to us for consideration.' What about dispensations and 
rulings made by Grand First Principal? If such questions, being inter- 
pretations of the law, are not properly the property of the Jurisprudence 
Committee, which is the law committee, as its name implies, then there is 
scarcely any need for a Jurisprudence Committee at all. Any Committee 
on Address that assumes to pass upon any subject whatsoever is over- 
stepping the limits of its authority." 

The following* are extracts from his Review of Canada at 
Hamilton : — 

"Grand Z. submits a splendid address thoroughly reviewing the doings 
of his stewardship. 

"Then the meeting in 1858 was the Second, and that of 1932, the 

"It is generally conceded, south of the border, that it is illegal for a 
Grand presiding officer to change temporarily any By-law of a Chapter. 
These By-laws were adopted in a constitutional manner and it is only 
possible to amend them in like manner. 

"The work of G. Superintendents indicates an intelligent consecra- 
tion, wise diligence and enthusiastic zeal in Capitular Masonry. 

"Companion Gardiner makes a lengthy and very able report on the 
condition of Capitular Masonry." 

Of our Review: — 

"It follows his usual plan of complete review and frequent quotation, 
wherein he lets nothing escape." 

We thank him for his friendly touch. 
Under Georgia we read: — 

"If the request for the dispensation was legitimate and the action of 
Grand High Priest valid, he should not be ashamed to place it on record. 
It does no one any good if laid away in the archives." 

In Maine's Review we get a touch of political economy: — 

" 'Excess of taxation is our American frailty, and has increased, 
because of our haste to have things before we can pay for them. Ma- 
sonry has not been immune but most Grand Bodies have kept their feet 
pretty close to the ground.' Too bad it could not have so happened to 
all of us." 

This from New Jersey : — 

"May I leave this parting thought? Let us have leadership that 
leads; servants that serve; companionable Companions and friendly 
friends. Let us have loyalty to each other." 

And this the summing up of his conclusion : — 

"If the brighter day is coming, we had better get out and open the 
door and 'let the little sunlight in' — the sunlight of unquenchable Masonic 
activity and devotion. We all need it." 



0. J. Kirketeg, Grand High Priest. 

0. F. Graves, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventh-ninth Convocation was held at Des Moines, 
13th October, 1932. The meeting- was preceded by public 
exercises at which Judge Shankland and others delivered in- 
teresting addresses, from which we quote : — 

"Men sometimes criticize our public officials. They often oppose cer- 
tain methods and measures, but no citizen worthy of the name criticizes 
our system of government or scorns the flag of our country. 

"None except the enemies of all governments are asking that the Stars 
and Stripes be replaced with the red flag of anarchy. 

"It was once the proud boast of that ancient city on the Tiber 'that 
all roads lead to Rome.' If we may be permitted to disregard the cen- 
turies that intervene and to translate that ancient classical tongue into 
the vernacular of modern youth we might say that Rome had nothing on 
Des Moines. For nearly every railroad traversing the State from the 
Mississippi to the Missouri passes through this city or has a branch with 
a terminal here." 

Thirteen P.G.H.P.'s were present, including E. W. F. Holler 
representing Canada. 

The Grand High Priest made an interesting report from 
which space permits us to quote only the following : — 

"The Grand Chapter has met to review the work of one of the most 
trying years it has yet faced and to glean from this experience knowledge 
inspiration. There are, however, a few Chapters where the officers and 
members are content to merely mark time or are even retreating. 

"Like a stream that has overflowed its banks as it has been receding it 
has been leaving the debris on its banks, but unfortunately, this recision 
has been continuing to a point where we were losing some of our good 

"Most of the Triple Tau Clubs organized have heen going forward." 

Membership, 19,583. Net loss, 968. 
H. M. Bradley was elected G.H.P. 
• The Committee on the G.H.P.'s address thus concluded : — 

"We only remark in passing that he is an example of a 'workman who 
need not be ashamed." 

Ed. Lankin, of Toronto, represents Iowa. 

Portraits and sketches of Past Grand Officers adorn the 

Edward M. Willard is in charge of the Report on Corre- 
spondence and bears the burden buoyantly. From his introduc- 
tion we take the following : — 

"We realize that every one is busy, and if not engaged in some use- 
ful occupation or profession, are pleasure bent. It seems that the citizens 
of America, in many instances, at least, are too intent upon self. Excite- 
ment, something to put in motion the inward passion of least resistance. 
This is an age of organization of many kinds. To join one and have a 


good time for the time being, and then their interest fades, like a withered 
rose in a noon day sun. No wonder there is lack of interest in an organi- 
zation, when one just attends to satisfy the outward sensibility of pleas- 
ure and gives no thought to the serious things of life. 

"Capitular Masonry will not run itself. Each individual member 
should do his share, and put forth some energy, at least, to bring out the 
latent beauties. Seek out the Truth, which is the foundation of every 

"Coming into contact with the Companions from over the district in 
which the group meeting is held is of vast importance. 

"For illustration, a professor in a university in teaching any particu- 
lar subject, mathematics for instance, does not work the problem but 
instructs the student how to do so and throws the student on his own 
responsibility. So it is in teaching the work of the Order, let the officers 
assume the responsibility under the guiding eye of the instructor. If the 
instructor and the Companion work together and perform their duties, 
even at a sacrifice, then Masonry will come into its own." 

Canada at Hamilton receives fair and friendly attention. 
He quotes largely from Grand Z. Price. Among the citations 
is the following: — 

"Masonry has gone through severe tests in the past and yet it has 
always emerged with courage and virility. I have refused to accept 
defeat. It has become too deeply rooted. in civilization." 

He speaks of the G.Z.'s many visitations. Of the Grand 
Scribe E. he says: — 

"The Grand Scribe E. reports it has been his privilege to visit many 
of the Chapters, and finds that a great spirit of fraternalism is promoted 
by mutual counsel and advice and a greater spirit of co-operation seems 
to encourage and inspire the officers and members." 

He records the splendid attendance at the complimentary 
dinner and the speech of the Honourable W. G. Martin, 
He kindly reports on our "very interesting Review." 
This from South Dakota : — 

"God send us men with hearts ablaze, 
All truth to love, all wrong to hate. 
These are the patriots nations need, 
These are the bulwarks of the state." 


Ellis Fink, Grand High Priest. 

Elmer F. Strain, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-eighth Convocation was held at Wichita, Febru- 
ary 13, 1933. 

General G.H.P. Neilson was welcomed and also dis- 
tinguished visitors from New Mexico, Nebraska, Missouri, and 
New Hampshire. 

The G.H.P. ordered the Roll Call of 13 Past Grand High 


Roy H. Clossen faithfully represented Canada, 
These striking paragraphs from the address of the 
G.H.P. :— 

"Our avocations suffered severely. Material wants must first be 
satisfied. Masonry, being of the spirit, could not be expected to widen its 
scope as against these necessary material demands. Yet, though it has 
not advanced extensively, it has shown intensive growth ; it has become a 
closer bond between brothers and fellows ; it has shown a sympathy and a 
helpfulness which were submerged during the days of prosperity. Then 
the world was too much with us, late and soon, getting and spending, we 
laid waste our powers 

"This is particularly true of the advanced degrees. Ancient Craft 
Masonry seems more as a necessity, advancement a luxury that can be 
foregone or dispensed with. 

"These conclusions are not drawn subjectively; not in spite of but 
because of the disheartening situation, I have made more visitations than 
have been usual, in the hope that our Chapters might be encouraged. 

"My view is one of encouragement. You are fighting a good fight, 
you are keeping the faith, and I doubt not the days to come will grant 
you your reward in a healthy, active Royal Arch Masonry. 

"To the end that Kansas may acquit herself honourably and creditably 
as the home of the General Grand High Priest. 

"The friendships and contacts made in visiting Chapters other than 
our own, the information gained by seeing others work, make us better, 
broader Masons. 

"For a number of years past Grand Secretary Emeritus, Albert K. 
Wilson, has been compiling a history of Capitular Masonry in Kansas. 
Such a work requires much labour and research, and consequently time. 

"'No parting yonder!! 

Time and sipace never 
Again shall sunder. 

Hearts cannot sever; 
Dearer and fonder 

Hands clasp forever.' " 

Membership, 16,360. Net loss, 1,861. 
The Committee on Necrology report: — 

"A short time ago I sat in my home and heard Lord Cecil in London 
.deliver a magnificent eulogy on the late Chief Justice Taft. The words 
came as clearly as if the speaker was sitting by my side. The speaker 
was one of the most gifted of his day. We can say, 'I do not know, but 
I believe that God is overhead, and as life is to the living, so death is to 
the dead."' 

Jay B. Kirk was elected G.H.P. 
A. P. Goering represents Kansas. 
This from the memorial page: — 

"Companions who, during the past year, have passed through the 
Fourth Veil into the presence of the Eternal Grand Council." 

George W. Trout ably presents a brief report on the vari- 
ous Jurisdictions saying in his Foreword: — 

"I have found it no easy task to examine and cull from these Pro- 
ceedings, which ranged from a few pages up to a thousand, those things 


that could be put in a very brief space in an orderly way that would be 
of most interest and help to the Grand Jurisdictions with which we are 
in fraternal correspondence." 

Canada at Hamilton is favourably reviewed, with long- 
extracts from the address of the Grand Z. He quotes from 
the welcoming address of Grand Superintendent Shaver: — 

"We should like you to feel, that we are using no mere stereotyped 
form of words when we say that the sixteen hundred Royal Arch Masons 
of the Hamilton District welcome you with open arms and hearts to this 
District and to this city, which was the birth-place of this Grand Body." 

And concludes: — 

"There are many addresses and reports of great interest to Com- 
panions of the Royal Arch." 


John Logan Rees, Grand High Priest. 

G. Allison Holland, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Fifteenth Convocation was held in 
Louisville, October 18, 1932. Twenty-one, the record number 
of Past G.H.P.'s reported for duty and honour. 

The G.H.P. thus opened his address: — 

"From the Big Sandy to the Purchase, you have gathered at what is 
perhaps the most unpropitious time for many years in the history of 
Capitular Masonry in our Grand old Commonwealth. 

"We have been enabled with the greatest effort and courage to keep 
our Craft afloat on a strong ebbtide and now when the evidence of the 
turning of the tide seems visible by the eye of faith, we are ready to take 
it at its flood and go forward to the full fruition of the aims and objects 
of the Royal Craft." 

Speaking of "fervency and zeal" he said: — 

"My own Chapter has induced the Commandery and Council to join 
with them in organizing a 'York Rite Petitions Committee' composed of 
the most active and enthusiastic members of the three bodies, Motto 'Go 
Get Em/ 

"Let us enlist the activities of the Ambitious Younger Companions, 
tell them of the honours and rewards that are open to him. 

Please press for action on Group Meetings and the Programme of the 
Educational Committee. 

"Remember, Petitions, hand shaking, Back slapping, Hard Work, but 

"The greatest trouble facing the smaller chapters and the inspectors 
to my notion, is the neglect of the secretaries to answer the inspector's 
letters, a lack of closer co-operation. The personal interview beats all 
other forms of contact." 

He advocates more frequent contact with the Craft 

He praises the Old Masons' Home, and the Grand Secre- 


He pays marked and favourable attention to Scotland. He 
concludes : — 

"Personally I think we have too many organizations aside from our 
regularly recognized bodies now, and cannot approve of the introduction 
of any more, especially under foreign control." 

The Grand Secretary gives a word of caution: — 

"It is well to remember that the Insurance Company will not bond us 
against bank deposits in the future." 

He says there is a peculiar Irish condition existing: — 

"The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland is facing a 
strange condition of taxation. Under the new scale of duties enforced by 
the Budget of the Irish Free State. 

"He asks that we retain for the next four or five years our Proceed- 
ings for him until further advices, and he is hoping in the meantime that 
the Irish Free State may reduce the taxes so that our Proceedings may 
go in without such heavy charges." 

Membership, 13,172. Net loss, 1,956. 

We are glad to note the speaking likenesses of the Officers 
of Grand Chapter in the Proceedings. 

John H. Cowles was introduced as a distinguished visitor. 

Wilbert H. Tritt was elected G.H.P. 

The Educational Committee does good service. 

An appeal to Grand Chapter was dismissed. 

John Graham represents Kentucky, and Canada is repre- 
sented by A. Gordon Sulser. 

Again our old friend, P.G.M. W. W. Clarke reports the 
doings of other Grand Chapters. 

He speaks of Canada at Hamilton as follows: — 

"The 'Grand Z.'s address is lengthy and a great deal of space is taken 
up by a historical sketch of the founding of the Grand Chapter of Canada. 
This Convocation was held on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the found- 
ing. He speaks of the part played by Masonry in the building of the 
present great Dominion of Canada. 

"We may justly claim, I think, that the obligations laid down by the 
great architects, designers and thinkers of the early centuries — the obli- 
gations of integrity, kindness, honour and benevolence — have been an 
unseen but constant influence in the fibre of every community." 

"Fraternal Correspondence is written by Companion Ponton, who 
gives his usual able summary of Kentucky's meeting and is unusually 

In the New York Review we read: — 

"He upholds the Constitution strictly in prohibiting the suspension 
of a group of Companions for non-payment of dues simply by the offer- 
ing of a resolution by a committee and not through proper procedure." 


Rudolph Krause, Grand High Priest. 
John A. Davilla, Grand Secretary. 


The Eighty-sixth Convocation convened in New Orleans, 
7th February, 1933. Fourteen P.G.H.P.'s honoured Grand 
Chapter by their presence. 

John W. Armstrong represented Canada. 

The G.H.P. thus began his address: — 

"Our fraternal organizations continue to feel the effects of this gen- 
eral condition, which includes our Chapters throughout the State which 
report fewer and fewer exaltations, and more suspensions, but as I said, 
this condition is general and in my opinion, we must not feel discouraged, 
but use patience and forbearance until our country recovers from these 
abnormal conditions." 

He recommends visitations by line officers in their respec- 
tive localities. 

The wide awake members of the Square and Compass Club 
participated in Festivals. 

The G.H.P. talked to the Rainbow Girls. 

Membership, 6,381. Net loss, 660. 

Carey P. Duncan was elected G.H.P. 

The Committee on Necrology report: — 

"But, while this is true, they will be raised from the dead level to a 
living perpendicular by the strong grip of the Lion's, paw, Lion of the 
Tribe of Judah. There must be death before there can be resurrection'. 
Our dead are not sleeping. They are waiting for the Great Trump. We 
will see them again in newness of life, not through a glass darkly but 
face to face." 

W. Y. Mills, of Kingston, represents Louisiana, 
Edwin F. Gayle presents the Foreign Correspondence Re- 
port, saying in his introduction: — 

"The several Grand Chapters reflect in their proceedings largely the 
sentiment and the reactions of the several Grand Lodges. We find in 
our reviews a gradually growing optimism. 

"Stand ready to-day as they did in the beginning, to surmount every 
difficulty in order to help, aid and assist a world and a fraternity almost 
broken under a prolonged period of suffering and depression. 

"We express our high appreciation of the Royal company in which 
we have travelled during the past year and we beg to assure our fellow 
correspondents that we shall not lose the contact that has just now been 
established. In other words, we feel that this is not exactly a valedictory 
but more in the nature of an auf Wiedersehen." 

He reviews favourably British Columbia, 

Canada at Hamilton is reviewed. He gives the historical 
facts from the address of the Grand Z. Of the Grand Superin- 
tendents he says: — 

"A great factor in Canadian Masonry is the work of the District 
Superintendents whose reports show that much activity is stimulated by 

He pays this Reviewer an indirect compliment. The word 
daunder is, I believe, the Scottish form of dander which 
means saunter: — 


"He then goes on a Maunder' with Companion Duncan through the 
greater part of Canada as well as a few of the States. Companion Dun- 
can has received much praise for his work as a correspondent, but we 
believe the indirect compliments from Companion Ponton are his highest 

This from the Review of Mississippi: — 

" 'We like the man who faces what he must 
With heart triumphant and a voice of cheer. 
He alone is great 
Who by a life heroic conquers fate.' " 

And this from New York, quoting the wonderful address 
of Grand Chaplain Broughton:— 

"He asks the question, 'What is the real difference between man and 
the other animals?' 'Man is the animal that thinks.' 'Man is the animal 
that talks.' 'Man is the animal that laughs.' He thinks the real answer 
is: 'Man is a tool-using animal.' He tells of the physician who devoted 
his life to the healing of children. He says: 'He used a great tool of 
life, a friendly heart.' 

"Companions, I call you to be men! Upright men, different from the 
rest of the animal world. Skillful craftsmen, wise and efficient in the 
use of the great tools of life, which an all-knowing Master Architect has 
placed in the hands of His faithful workmen." 


Henry R. Gillis, Grand High Priest. 

Con vers E. Leach, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Eighth Convocation was held in 
Portland, May 2, 1933. Ten out of the twelve living Past 
G.H.P.'s reported for duty and honour. 

Distinguished visitors from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, 
New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Quebec were wel- 

Canada's Grand Representative did not answer roll call. 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following : — 

"The members of this Grand Chapter appreciate the courtesy ex- 
tended by your presence, and assure you that it is their ardent desire to 
reciprocate in every way that will contribute to your pleasure and enjoy- 
ment, to the end that when you return to your home, you will have only 
pleasant memories of your visit to this annual convocation. 
" 'Thy Word is true, 
Thy Will is just; 
To Thee we leave them, 
Lord, in trust." 
"The amount of unpaid dues in the several Chapters is $25,993.00, 
being $6,01.5.00 in excess of the amount reported last year, and affords a 
striking illustration of the effects of this era of depression. 

"Such action smacks of commercialism and is not in the spirit of 
commercialism and is not in the spirit of fraternalism, charity, and 
mutual aid. 


"In the interests of the Chapters, remit to a nominal amount the 
amounts charged against suspended members in order that financial 
considerations be not a bar to resumption of membership. A member 
returned to the ranks and paying current dues is a better proposition 
for the Chapter than an account on the Chapter ledger for an amount 
which probably will never be liquidated by reason of the amount 

J. Blaine Morrison was appointed Grand Representative of 

Of Grand Representatives generally he says : — 

"It would further appear that if this Grand Chapter had a definite 
time limit on commissions issued to Grand Representatives near other 
jurisdictions the result would be that if a Companion representing this 
Grand Chapter failed to appear at his Grand Chapter Convocation for a 
stated period a commission to a more active Companion could be issued at 
the expiration of the stated term, and this Grand Chapter assured of 
proper representation, without the necessity of extended correspondence." 

Of delinquent Chapters the following: — 

"Due to the banking situation a number of Subordinate Chapters 
whose funds are in banks that are in the hands of conservators or re- 
ceivers have been unable to remit the amount of per capita tax due the 
Grand Chapter." 

The representations of New South Wales regarding Scot- 
land were postponed. 

This from his conclusion: — 

"My service has awakened in my mind new thoughts,new ideas, new 
ideals, and a bigger and broader conception of what Capitular Masonry 
stands for." 

Membership, 15,526. Net loss, 898. 

Benjamin L. Hadley was elected G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Allan P. Shatford, of Montreal, was greeted 
with prolonged applause. 

Marshall E. Sherwood, of Woodstock, represents Maine. 

Thomas H. Bodge presents his annual well seasoned Review 
for the 17th time. 

Under Canada at Hamilton he says of Grand Z. Price: — 

"Giving a brief resume of the part played by Masonry in the develop- 
ment of the Dominion as well as an outline of the growth of the Grand 
Chapter. While regretting the severe tests which had come to many 
Chapters, Comp. Price was able to speak in this vein. Comp. Price had 
enjoyed his visits to the Chapters. 

"Open promptly that the members might leave for their homes at a 
reasonable hour. iSuch advice is good for all Chapters wherever located." 

Of our Review he kindly speaks : — 

"It was printed in pamphlet form and distributed to the Companions 
with request they read it. They would find it filled with information in 
most interesting form. 

"There are so many observations worthy of quotation it is difficult 
to select." 


A word of wisdom from Iowa Review : — 

"There is too much tendency nowadays to violate a law if it does not 
satisfy the whim or fancy of the individual." 
From his conclusion the following: — 

"Every Chapter has or should have a copy on the desk of the secre- 
tary, and a careful reading in open Chapter of sections could easily pro- 
voke discussions sufficient for several convocations. 

"An innovation. The Degree of Royal Arch Mason according to the 
ritual of the Supreme Grand Chapter of -Scotland. 

"Would every member of a Chapter, Grand or Subordinate, looking 
for entertainment at meetings might read the gentle (?) reminders of 
Comp. Helm of Texas that there is enough for the thoughtful in the hid- 
den riches of our work. Has any one exhausted the treasures therein?" 


Alexander Little, Grand Z. 

F. W. Brownell, Grand Treasurer. 

George Syme, Grand Scribe E. 

The Tenth Convocation was held in Winnipeg, February 
1, 1933. 

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Canada and Minnesota were all 
welcomed together. The National Anthem of "our respective 
Countries' ' was sung. 

From the Grand Z.'s fine address the following 
thoughts : — 

"The right of every qualified citizen, to associate himself frankly and 
fearlessly with others in obtaining a common desired end has been the 
contribution of democracy to our present age. It would be a backward 
step to substitute, as has been done, say in Italy and Russia, the principle 
of arbitrary dictatorship for the principle of constitutional responsibility. 
'It is always better to count heads than to break them,' is an axiom of 

"Communism,, which in simple terms means by sabotage and disrup- 
tion, the overthrow of all liberal democracies, is now preaching its pro- 
foundly disturbing dogma and menacing the practice of constitutional 
democracy. A wide view of world conditions, however, reveals the reas- 
suring facts that only when democracy was very new, or where its real 
spirit never existed, can it be said to have failed. The essence of 
democracy lies in the fact that the whole community may employ the 
whole of its power to make laws and also to execute them. The real 
strength, therefore, of democracy, is in the broad base of its pyramid of 

"Democracy has been challenged in our time. Lenin called democracy 
'A mere bourgeois superstitution.' Mussolini has expressed himself thus, 
'Democracy is the more or less putrescent corpse of the Goddess of 

"Is parliamentary government, as we know it, on trial for its life? 
It was James Russell Lowell who said 'the right of individual property 
is no doubt the very cornerstone of civilization.' 

"Communism and Fascism make man only a cipher in a row, while 
democracy means co-operation and a community of interest. Sympathy 


and Brotherhood are the words that best exemplify her gracious and 
abiding spirit. 

"Let us press on. Sometimes winning, sometimes losing, but always 
conscious that whether winning or losing, our faith in the future is 
firmly fixed. 

" 'The principle of our Brotherhood remains sure, 
The spirit of our Democracy will endure.' 

"Touch the hard and frozen hearts, the rigid spirits, the cold and 
chilly natures, the stubborn and unbending wills, and warm them to 
charity, love, and peace. Yea, come to those for whom the shadows are 
deepening and the voices of the world must soon fade into silence." 

A letter was read from M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith. 

Membership, 1,685. Decrease, 78. 

From the Report on the Fraternal Dead : — 

"Two beautiful epitaphs were prepared for Beethoven, the one 
accepted was, 'At his death the nations of the earth mourned, but the 
choirs of Heaven rejoiced.' " 

The Report on Fraternal Correspondence is again pre- 
sented by a strong Mason, John Parton, who says in his Fore- 
word : — 

"I am afraid that, being the consequence of our present economic 
troubles, the Order is really losing the active participation of many good 
Companions, which loss is bound to be felt. I also feel that the greatest 
loss is that of their presence at the Convocations. 

"Salting the earth with the high principles of conduct and behaviour 
which our Masonry teaches, that not only will our Order again be on 
the high tide of prosperity, but we will have contributed in a large 
measure to the re-establishment of peace, prosperity and goodwill to the 
world at large." 

Canada was duly represented by F. W. Brownell. 
The Committee on Grand Z.'s address said: — 
"True democracy and true Masonry are so closely allied, that no 
further comment is necessary." 

H. L. Adolph was elected Grand Z. 

In the brief review of Canada at Hamilton the Reviewer 
said :— 

"District Companions contributed the gift of a birthday cake weigh- 
ing 153 lbs., with 75 candles, a photograph of which is given. 

"There was the usual large attendance of distinguished visitors, 
among whom we note our old friend Arthur E. Cantelon of Minnesota. 

"We have become accustomed to looking for a real Masonic message 
in the address of G.Z. of Canada. 

"It generally carries a note of hopefulness in regard to the times, which 
he thinks should be described as 'readjustment' rather than 'depression.' 

"The usual exhaustive and interesting reports of the Grand Superin- 
tendents. The report on Capitular Masonry, signed by Geo. L. Gardi- 
ner, is a magnificent effort, marked by the same hopeful outlook which 
characterizes the G.H.P.'s address. 

Manitoba's representative was not recorded as present. 

"Comp. Ponton continues his fine work as reviewer. We really look 
on his work as the most complete of all the reviews. Manitoba isi dealt 
with in over four pages." 


Under England we read: — 

New Chapters continue to be formed in the usual way in England, 
i.e., each is attached to a Blue Lodge, usually going by the name of the 
Blue Lodge." 

The following from the Review of Minnesota: — 

"The fact, however, is that our Grand Superintendents do not receive 
any financial assistance from Grand Chapter." 

North Carolina the following: — 

"Degree mills running at full blast seldom develop true fraternity. 
High pressure campaigns for more candidates, on the other hand, also 
are incompatible with true fraternity. There is an imperative necessity 
that those who are now and still Masons and members as well, should 
come to know ourselves and each other in our real and true capacity as 
brothers, and not as a part of a Masonic machine or institution." 

A home reference under Scotland: — 

"Reference is made to a keystone presented to the Grand Chapter by 
the Grand Chapter of Canada, the presentation being made by Comp. 
Bernard Cairns. The Keystone was heartily appreciated by the 

Robert H. Reid represents Manitoba. 


Only one pamphlet of Proceedings recording the minutes of 
the Quarterly Communication held 28th February, 1932, has 
reached this Reviewer. Lord Aldenham, Deputy Grand Master, 
on the Throne. 

Many Provincial Grand Masters and Grand Officers present, 
including many of military and naval rank. We note especially 
the names of Sir Frederick Pollock and Colonel Hamilton- 
Wedderburn, well known in Canada. 

The Deputy Grand Master delivered a message from the 
Pro Grand Master, Lord Stradbroke, who was on a voyage to 
South America. 

H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught was of course renominated 
and duly proclaimed with all his honours and titles, 

During three months 765 Mark Certificates were issued and 
153 Royal Ark Mariner Certificates. 

The Benevolent Branch appears to prosper and a long list 
of relief given during the last Quarter was presented by Grand 
Secretary T. G. L. Lumley-Smith, of amounts varying from 
£26 to £100. 

We quote the following : — 

"It must always be painful to Grand Lodge to be asked to cut short 
the life of a Mark Master Mason's Lodge, but considerations of the 
general good of the Order must prevail. A Lodge only performs a useful 
function in so far as it is a vessel charged with the true spirit of 


Masonry. If this spirit be absent or if there be that within the Lodge 
which prevents the growth of the spirit, it is better for the Lodge itself, 
and for the whole Order, that it should cease to function, and, however, 
repellent the step may be, Grand Lodge can have no choice but to take it 
should these circumstances prevail. 

"In the present case the Lodge, through its Master and Wardens, has 
been given full opportunity to put forward its case, and it has formally, 
though reluctantly, acquiesced in the justice of the step proposed to be 

Here is the generous spirit : — 

"We should all wish to send our congratulations to the new Grand 
Lodge on its formation and our best wishes for its prosperity, and to 
assure our Brethren in Queensland that, while we naturally regret the 
severance of our immediate connection with so important a District, we 
feel that the step which has been taken is in the best interests of Mark 

"In the circumstances, I consider that what has been done is very 
satisfactory. The position in the country is, as we know, not so happy 
as we should all like it to be, but the Brethren have done very well indeed 
in raising the sum which has already been contributed." 


Jesse E. Ames, Grand High Priest. 

Raymond T. Sewall, Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Convocation Boston, March 8, 1932. 

We note that the Rev. Frederick W. Hamilton is Grand 

Four P.G.H.P.'s reported for duty. 

Canada's Grand Representative, D. Henry Childs, was 

D. H. Mcintosh represents Massachusetts. 

Grand Master Curtis Chipman was welcomed. 

Brother Levi, Rabbi of Temple Israel, delivered an inspir- 
ing address. 

Quarterly Convocation June 7, 1932. 

One verse of the missionary hymn was sung. 

After dinner Professor Robert E. Rogers, of the Institute 
of Technology, spoke on "What Our Children May Expect", 
saying in substance: — 

"The 'Golden Age' of the past generation reached its end in 1929 and 
now we may expect a new order. 

"Consequently, the coming generation cannot be educated with the 
expectation of a high position awaiting them, but rather they must be 
taught to be happy in a modest position. Their education must be a sort 
which will enable them to be contented with the place to which their for- 
tune and talents call them. We must begin to think about remaking our 
school system by putting into the curriculum not those subjects which are 
to be taken for the purpose of going into higher positions, but rather 
those things which will give a rich, full and pleasurable life ; and, instead 


of the poor, thin passive thing the cultural life of the boys and girls of 
to-day have, they may have a cultural life which is rich, full and active, 
and their pleasures be self-contained." 

Quarterly Convocation September 13, 1932. Jewels worn 
by Grand Officers of Grand Chapter more than 100 years ago 
were presented to the Grand Lodge for their Museum. 

M. Ex. Comp. Arthur D. Prince delivered an eloquent ad- 
dress on the George Washington Celebration. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Annual Convocation 
was held December 13, 1932. 

The Mark Master Degree was conferred. In the evening 
the Royal Arch Degree was exemplified, total time consumed 
for Degree and Lecture two hours and one minute. 

Five P.G.H.P.'s, all well known names, were present. 

A fine memorial tribute is paid to the worth of the late 
Leon Martin Abbott, from which we extract these worthy 
paragraphs : — 

"As Freemasons of every degree, we are grateful that such a man 
found in our Order the outlet for the expression of his kindly and 
sympathetic nature. 

"Why? The question comes to all lips. This was a man whose life 
held prospect of greater usefulness to his fellows, whose power for good 
was at the zenith. Alas, we poor mortals cannot give the answer. We 
can only accept the fact in deep sorrow, relying on the faith that was the 
guide of his life to uphold and console us. 

"So many of us have felt the touch of his kindness ; many have choice 
memories to treasure that belong to us alone, that we may take our leave 
of him secure in the belief that while time may mellow our sorrow, our 
treasured remembrance of him will never fail. 

" 'The Monarch may forget the crown 
That on his head so late hath been, 
The bridegroom may forget the bride 
Was made his own but yester'een. 
The mother may forget the babe 
That smiles so sweetly on her knee, 
But forget thee will I ne'er, Glencairn, 
And all that thou hast done for me.' " 

Distinguished guests from Quebec, New Jersey, Maine, 
Vermont, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, the Scottish 
Rite and Grand Lodge were heartily and hospitably welcomed, 
Comp. Prince saying that the Grand Chapter could well claim 
to be the testing ground where future Grand Masters are 

Membership, 37,466. Net loss, 1,317. 

G.H.P. Ames reports upon his fine visit to Quebec and says 
with regard to Relief: — 

"An efficient committee in the intelligent exercise of assistance to 
distressed worthy Companions, has probably never been so needed as 
this year." 


Of the good work of District Deputies he says: — 

"A little pamphlet was rather hurriedly compiled early in the year, 
not only to give to the Deputies ready at hand information from many 
Masonic authorities, but also that others interested might get a clearer 
picture, perhaps, of the history and ancestry of Masonry, particularly 
our own Degrees." 

And concludes as follows: — 

"The early purpose of all Masonry, even in the operative days, was 
to build a real Brotherhood of Men that in its growth became more and 
more closely united. 

"Their union was their strength. 

"In the final analysis the faithful, interested few, are the support 
and stay of all institutions in times of distress, and it is with the knowl- 
edge that in each and every one of our Chapters we have such faithful, 
interested members, that we look forward with confidence to the future." 

Grand Master Chipman in his stirring address says: — 

"I think it fine toi do things for people who are living, while we are 
able to enjoy the happiness of seeing the results, and that is what is 
being done at the Masonic Home, by your charity and benevolence. 

"Commenting upon expenditure for relief in Massachusetts through 
the Grand Lodge, he said that last year Lodges and Grand Lodge had 
expended over half a million dollars for charity." 

Jesse E. Ames was re-elected G.H.P. 

Four hundred and forty-one Companions were in attend- 

Raymond T. Sewall, Grand Secretary, is also Fraternal 

He reports this graceful message from British Columbia : — 

"Bi-centennial Celebration of George Washington, 'The Freemasons of 
Canada join their brethren of the United States in admiration of his 
noble character.' " 

Opinions vary with regard to De Molay, which some call "A 
junior Masonic Order". To Oregon's Reviewer it is one of the 
side shows of Masonry. 

Canada at Hamilton was well and fraternally reviewed : — 

"The celebration of the Seventy-^nfth Anniversary of the Grand Chap- 
ter was observed with appropriate ceremonies. 

"Address welcomed in suitable terms the forty-three various Grand 
Representatives, and invited them to seats on the Dais. 

"Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masonry and the part it has played. 
He termed it 'a brotherhood in which the moral, social, physical and 
spiritual welfare of the individual has been fostered and guarded through 
the invigorating companionship of the many. 

"The 'Effect of Economic Situation' is ably presented. The Grand Z. 
feels that we will emerge with renewed vigour and ability. 

"Reports of the Grand Superintendents. Their report is a model of 
clear and concise information." 

Of our Review he kindly says : — 

"That it is 'Fraternally submitted in the interests of Masonic Educa- 
tion, broad-horizoned study and general reference to the world of thought, 


speech and action.' In his characteristic, companionable and manifold 
methods, he ably reviews the Proceedings of the various Grand Chapters 
that have come to his attention." 

Under Michigan we read the following terse and practical 
remarks : — 

"Those who enjoy the pastime of comments on dispensations issued in 
some Grand Jurisdiction, could have the time of their life if they 
attempted to dissect the unusual number granted by Comp. Ames. As 
far as we are personally concerned, he was doing a good job of greasing 
the differential to keep things moving." 

This may be contagious to our own Grand Z.'s, present and 


J. Kenneth Young, Grand High Priest. 

Edward L. Faucette, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-fifth Convocation was convened in Jackson, 
15th February, 1933. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not appear. 

The G.H.P. in his address recorded the lamented deaths 
of no less than three P.G.H.P.'s. 

He is practical in his recommendations, saying : — 

"I recommend that in future all Chapters bond their officers in the 
discretion of each individual Chapter and that this Grand Body approve 
this type of bonding." 

He commends a book entitled "Lights from the Sanctuary" 
recently published in Tennessee. 

He speaks of the wise and timely counsel of the Grand 

He recommends an annual budget and thus concludes: — 

"My report is before you, and if errors are found, remember that 
'All men err, and erring need forgiveness,' assuring that the errors were 
of the head and not of the heart." 

The Grand Lecturer reported: — 

"The loss of interest in Masonry is the result of the loss of, or perhaps 
the absence of, faith in the efficacy of Masonry. Who can doubt that if 
Masons would attend their meetings, throw themselves heartily into its 
activities, every man of them, would leave their meeting places each time 
with more stamina to meet their problems and be better able to conquer 
them. Masonry's arena in the life of a man is essentially 'of the spirit' 
and one of its prime functions is to help him when he needs help." 

Membership, 3,991. A striking and deplorable decrease of 
1,729, or about 30% of total membership, a discouraging out- 

In the Memorial we read: — 

"The query of the Patriarch Job obtrudes itself upon us. 'If a man 
die shall he live again?' Job had just stated that 'There is hope of a tree 
if it be cut down it will sprout again,' and 'The flood decayeth and dryeth 


up.' We prefer to think that the Patriarch intended the figure of the 
sprouting tree as an answer to his question." 

Grand Chaplain Martin spoke eloquently. We make the 
following quotations : — 

"I suspect some of you feel very much as did an old darkey who had 
a white friend of mine preach for his congregation on one occasion up in 
west Tennessee. The preacher was holding a meeting in my church. The 
negroes insisted he come over and preach for them on Sunday afternoon, 
and he did it in a very acceptable way. When he finished the old negro 
preacher, in his characteristic pompous manner, arose to express his 
appreciation. He said, 'Brethren and sisters, I feel dat any feeble 
remarks I might make on dis august occasionment would be ontirely 
superficial. De white brudder hab so completely obliterated de subject, 
confounded de congregation, and covered hisself all over wid supernumary 
stigmatism dat we will stand togedder and receive de doxology.' 

"The subject given to me is a tremendous one and increases 
my embarrassment. The other evening over the radio I heard of a man 
who took his seat in the dentist's chair and said: 'Doctor, before you 
begin I want you to swear something to me.' The doctor said: 'I don't 
curse.' 'No,' said the patient, 'I don't mean that; I want you to take an 
oath.' "What is it?' asked the doctor. 'I want you to swear,' said the 
patient, 'that you will extract the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but 
the tooth, so help you God.' 

"Now, tonight, it would be impossible for me to tell the truth, 'the 
whole truth,' about the Symbolism of King Solomon's Temple. 

"But there are other reasons. We find as we turn the pages of ancient 
records that this temple erected by King Solomon antedated by something 
like three hundred years the beauteous temples of Athens. 

"It was a marvel not only in its loveliness, its materials and its con- 
struction, but its adornment and its equipment as well, ran easily between 
seventy-five and eighty-eight billions of 'dollars — if you know what I 
mean. We cannot think in such terms, and by contrast with such values 
the mighty temples even of our proud modern civilization dwindle into 
contemptible insignificance. So, it is not merely from the fact that it 
was built by King Solomon himself, it was not merely the spaciousness, 
nor the loveliness of this great structure, but the sacrifices which it repre- 
sented, the values which it embodied, as judged by any standard of 
human estimate that give us reason for making it the centre in our 
impressive symbolisim. 

"I beg you, furthermore, to think of Solomon's Temple not merely as a 
work of man. The purposes we believe are God's purposes for our lives 
as men and as Masons. 

"Some time ago a little girl was asked who made her. She thought 
for a minute and then replied : 'God made me so long, and I gwowed the 
west myself.' I think she was right. God has brought us to this hour of 
challenging opportunity; God has bequeathed to us as a priceless heritage 
the traditions, the principles, the landmarks, the glorious symbolisms and 

"Some years ago an ingenious American invented a machine that 
measures the lifting power of a human brain, and he found that the 
average human brain when geared to this little machine would lift three- 
fifths of a pound, but that two human brains when geared to the machine 
would lift, not six-fifths of a pound, but six pounds, and that three 
human brains, pulling together in the same way, would lift, not nine 


pounds, as one might have calculated, but eighty-four pounds, or fourteen 
times as much as could be lifted by two brains working in harmony. I 
call you to remember, brethren, that 'one may chase its thousand, but two 
shall put ten thousand to flight.' 

"I heard a man say not a great while ago that he knew exactly when 
the world was coming to an end. I thought he was covering a great deal 
of territory. I said, 'I would like to know that. When is it?' He said, 
'I can tell you the exact day. It will be on the day when the Knights of 
Columbus and the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan play a baseball game on 
Sunday in Zion City, Illinois, with a negro for an umpire for the relief 
of the flood sufferers among the Hebrew employees of Henry Ford.' I do 
not know whether he is exactly right about that. 

"I love to think of how, in answer to that prayer, there came the fire 
from Heaven to consume the sacrifices that had been offered. I love to 
think of how the splendour of the Most High filled the Temple, and of 
how the voice of God's own thunder bespoke His approval, His acceptance, 
of the work that had been done for His glory. And my heart leaps high 
in confident anticipation, my Companions, as I look across the hills and 
the valleys, and through the clouds, into the far-away time when the 
nations gathered before God's throne shall there acclaim Him as the 
Supreme Architect of human destiny, and when to each one who has been 
faithful, who has been loyal and true, who in his weakness, and ignorance, 
and sinfulness, to be sure, but in reliance upon the mercies of a never- 
failing God has done his best, trusting God for guidance, and for favour, 
and for victory, the Supreme Architect with all the light of heaven shin- 
ing in His face, and with all the music of the angel choirs ringing and 
singing in His voice, shall say to each loyal, earnest heart, 'Come ye 
blessed ; ye have been faithful ; enter into Joy.' " 

R. K. Smith was elected G.H.P. 
Adam Arthur Gray represents Mississippi. 
Canada is represented by Leon S. Lippincott. 
H. C. Yawn, an old friend, presents his eighth Corre- 
spondence Report, saying in his introduction : — 

"What to select and what not to select, what to excerpt and what not 
to excerpt for presentation, were questions always confronting me. 

"In presenting the report I am indulging the hope that those of my 
Companies who read it will be inspired to greater zeal for Capitular 

Canada at Hamilton is thus reviewed: — 

"The Grand Z. reflects upon the surroundings of the hostess city, 
Hamilton, and wonders if after all, environment is not an important 
factor in moulding and directing our lives. 

"This is a mooted question, Companion, but we are inclined to that 

"This being the iSeventy-fifth Anniversary of this Grand Chapter, 
the Grand Z. devotes much space in noting the progress of Capitular 
Masonry during this period, and the part it has played in the material 
development of the country. 

"William Ponton writes the Correspondence Report, one of the most 
exhaustive and complete that comes to our desk." 



Walter R, Flachsenhar, G.H.P. 

Luther T. Hauberg, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-fourth Convocation was held June 20, 1933, at 

The G.H.P.'s biography shows that he was City Attorney 
and a Member of the Legislature, and he is a leader of the 

The welcoming address says: — 

"Coming to Butte from all parts of the state. We can well join with 
that boy in the singing Blest Be the Tie That Binds us together." 

The G.H.P. of Idaho was introduced and honoured, as also 
was Dr. Spottswood. 

Of the Masonic Home the G.H.P. says: — 

"Masons in Montana have in the Masonic Home one of the finest 
opportunities to express their conceptions of some of the teachings of 
our time honoured institution." 

Of making contacts the G.H.P. says : — 

"It has been the custom in Montana of the various Masonic bodies to 
pause in their deliberations to receive and pay their respect and esteem 
to the heads of the other Grand Bodies, or their representatives who may 
be in attendance, and we feel that this creates and fosters a genuine 
spirit of real fraternal fellowship." 

He was a great believer in keeping the touch through Cor- 
respondence Reports, etc.: — 

"It has been our pleasure and delight to receive copies of the Pro- 
ceedings of other Grand Jurisdictions during the past year and I want 
to give my honest opinion that the reports of the Fraternal Cor- 
respondence, which are usually found in the back of these volumes, are 
easily a most important part of the whole matter contained. I say this 
advisedly and in all sincerity, and if you could know the high regard, 
that this 'Council of Reviewers' or 'Jury of our Peers' as we would term 
this wonderful group of Correspondents, have for our own Fraternal 
Correspondent, you would heartily agree." 

Of Education he well says: — 

"Here we have something that is of vital concern to every Chapter 
and when the question is asked what shall we talk about, we would 
answer, talk about what the Companions are interested in. This also 
applies to our State and if we had been awake and on guard in the past 
year we need not have had the danger to our public school system which 
took form in the free text book bill in our last legislature. 

"It is more important to have good, live and going organizations at 
home, than a big grand body which meets once a year." 

He thus concludes: — 

"May brotherly love prevail and every moral and social virtue 
cement us." 

Nineteen Past Grand High Priests were honoured. 


H. T. dimming duly represented Canada. 

The Committee on the Condition of the Craft reported : — 

"Expenses of the Subordinate Chapters should be regulated accord- 
ing to their income and to this end that a budget committee be appointed 
in each Chapter to harmonize their expenses in accordance with a reason- 
able estimate of their expected income. 

"We recognize that an ideal secretary is a rare jewel not always 
available in a small Chapter." 

Russell D. Miller was elected G.H.P. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. W. M. Logan, Grand Secretary of the Grand 
Lodge of Canada, represents Montana. 

G.H.P. H. S. Hepner, a familiar friend indeed, presents his 
14th annual Review, which is always a satisfying and pleas- 
ing analysis of Proceedings of sister Jurisdictions. 

Canada at London is fraternally treated. The absence of 
Montana's G.R. is commented upon. . He never neglected a 
duty and had a good excuse. 

Comp. Hepner does not approve of the use of professional 
or academic degrees in connection with Masonry. 

Of the Grand Scribe E., he says: — 

"Grand Scribe E., Edwin Smith, had a model report; concise and yet 
omitting nothing of the work of his office. 

"The Mayor of the city extended welcome and Companion Ponton 
responded; local Chapters also presented a spokesman in greeting. 

"The Grand Z. wisely omitted the 'M.D.' at the end of his signature 
in the conclusion of his address, which was not intended as a prescrip- 

His kindly review of our Review is most graciously done. 
This under District of Columbia : — 

"The Grand High Priest's poetical bent evidently inoculated the 
Grand Visitor and Lecturer, who ended his report with poetry." 

His Afterword entitled "The Day is Over" is full of good 
things : — 

"Weary of brain and fatigued of pen, 'Whither are we going?' has 
been put ahead of 'Whence came we?' in the Masonic query. 

"We are gradually getting down to normalcy, and the avoirdupois 
loss of the abnormality seems to pain us. 

"United by the cable tow we can withstand all adverse conditions; 
the faithful few are mightier than the loosely joined many. 

"We have not lost the watchwords and signs through the veils and 
are ready to undertake any tasks which may be required to keep the 
Truth untrammeled and untarnished." 


H. Ralph Gunter, G.H.P. 
J. Twining Hartt, Grand Secretary. 

The Fortv-fifth Convocation was held in Saint John, June 
23, 1932. 


G.H.P. McKee, of Pennsylvania, was received with all the 

From the address of the G.H.P. we quote : — 

"This Convocation will demand of each of you your best thought and 
deliberation, for what we do here will not be limited in its results to an 
hour or a day but will affect the welfare of Capitular Masonry in New 
Brunswick for the ages that are to come. 

"I am deeply conscious of the fact that out of the abundant field of 
golden opportunity I have gathered so few of the ripened sheaves of 
enduring accomplishment. 

"We are here, my Companions, to look back over the span of one 
year and to look forward into the future." 

The G.H.P. made many visitations. He acknowledges the 
invitation of Canada to attend the annual meeting at Hamilton. 
He closes his address with this well known verse: — 

"Let us do our work as well 
Both the unseen and the seen; 
Make the house where God may dwell, 
Beautiful, entire and clean." 

Loss in total membership, 39. 

On motion of the Deputy Grand High Priest the following 
resolution was carried: — 

"That the words 'Grand High Priest' and 'Grand 'Secretary' be struck 
out of all sections in which the same now occur and that the words 
'First Grand Principal' or 'Grand Z.' and 'Grand Scribe E.' be substituted 

"Also, That the words 'Past Masters Degree' be struck out wherever 
the same now appear." 

H. Ralph Gunter was elected First Grand Principal. 
The District Grand Superintendents all reported fully. 
Charles T. Wilkinson, of Brockville, represents New Bruns- 
wich, and Canada is represented by Edgar W. Mair. 


George S. French, Grand High Priest. 

Harry M. Cheney, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Fourteenth Convocation was held in 
Concord, May 16, 1933. Nine P.G.H.P.'s were honoured in the 
Grand East. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not answer Roll Call. 

Among the States from which distinguished visitors were 
present were Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. 

The G.H.P. said in welcome: — 

"Gains in knowledge from the view points of others that will enable 
us to meet these problems with, perhaps, a clearer and better under- 

This Reviewer has pleasant memories of his visit to Con- 


From the G.H.P.'s address we take the following: — 

"Let us move forward with that same steadfastness of purpose which 
has been the guiding spirit of Masons for ages. Care should be used in 
the selection of the officers of our Chapters, particularly the High Priest. 
The success of your Chapter is an his hands and upon him rests the 
responsibility of its conduct. 

Present membership, 4,919. Net loss, 283. 

He made many visitations and had altogether a busy year 
which he records faithfully. 

Weston Wentworth was elected G.H.P. 

Arthur M. Dunstan represents Canada, and Walter H. 
Davis, of Hamilton, represents New Hampshire. 

We still see the honoured name of the late Henry T. Smith 
as Grand Secretary. His brother, Edwin Smith, our present 
Grand Scribe E., will no doubt be substituted for him in the 
next Proceedings. 

The Order of High Priesthood met. 


Charles R. Rinehart, G.H.P. 

Charles D. McCracken, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-seventh Annual was convened in Trenton, 
N.J., May 10, 1933. 

From the invocation of the Grand Chaplain we take the 
following sentence : — 

"Come with Thy renewing grace upon us as a people, and grant that 
we may be in the forefront in this needy and troubled world, leading all 
peoples to permament peace and good-will and security." 

Nine P.G.H.P.'s reported for duty. 
Canada was faithfully represented by Godfrey Pittis. 
The usual splendid arrays of distinguished visitors were 
welcomed hospitably by the G.H.P., in the following words: — 

"You have temporarily laid aside your working tools, and have jour- 
neyed here to rest and refresh yourselves. The fact that you thought 
that 'cool water' and 'fresh fruit' could be obtained in our vineyard is 
highly gratifying to us. We will strive to merit, your confidence and to 
fulfill your expectations." 

This was the greeting to the Grand Representatives : — 

"You are the cement of friendship that firmly holds these important 
pillars of Capitular Masonry." 

The G.H.P. said in his address: — 

"This condition has been largely brought about by misplaced confi- 
dence and by the following of false gods. The Craft has been drawn into 
a maelstrom which I feel could have been minimized had we made Masons 
instead of mere joiners. The truths for which our ritual stands have not 
been absorbed when the degrees were conveyed. The mind was not in a 
receptive mood and did not grasp. 


"Our (Supreme Grand! High Priest once said: 'He who puts his hand 
to the plow and looks (back is not fit for the Kingdom." The contempla- 
tion of the past should not be our guide for the future. What it would 
mean to sever his association with it. It is important to show him that 
you are personally interested in him. 

"I completed my visits feeling quite optimistic for I found in a large 
number of Chapters that those carrying on were inoculated with the 
'faith of our Father.' A large number of Chapters were at labour, one 
disclosing the truths to five brothers, which impressed me that 'where 
there's a will there's a way.' 

"These are hard days but days in which it is worth while to live and 

"Like the star 
That shines afar, 
Without haste, and without rest 
Let each man wheel with steady sway 
Round the task which rules the day 
And do his best." 

Membership 17,722. Net loss, 1,396. 
Grand Master Johnson said: — 

"I could call attention to the colour of the Banner of the First Veil, 
'Blue', which denotes friendship; it is most appropriate at this time. 
Many of the men who have served this Grand Chapter have also- given 
distinguished service and made many friends in Ancient Craft Masonry. 
As we journey through life we must reveal our friendship for humanity 
as well as for those who are close and dear to us." 

The Committee on Necrology quoted : — 

"Up and away, like the dew of the morning, 

That soars from the earth to its home in the sun; 
So let me steal away, gently and lovingly, 
Only remembered by what I have done." 

Howard L, Carter was elected G.H.P. 

Kenneth J. Dunstan, Past Grand Z. of Toronto, represents 
New Jersey, and does it well. 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence is under the 
able chairmanship of David McGregor, who says in his Fore- 
word : — 

"The Juggernaut 'SUSPENSION FOR N.P.D.' still rolls on with 
relentless force. 

"The relation of suspensions for non-payment of dues to the total 
membership, has increased from three and a half to five per cent. At 
the same time the exaltations have dropped from 15,490 to 10,606, 
corresponding to a decrease of about thirty-one per cent." 

The Canadian Reviews are taken together, not in alpha- 
betical order. We make the following quotations from his 
Review of Canada: — 

"With a capital account of about $100,000 in its favour and an 
income therefrom of $4,500 per anum, M.E. Comp. Charles W. Haent- 
schel might well report at their Seventy-fifth Anniversary, that owing 
to the foresight of their predecessors the financial condition of their 
Grand Chapter was sound, even though there has been an increasing 


deficit in its operation for the last three years, amounting to $8,000 in 

"In this Jurisdiction a Companion who stands suspended for N.P.D. 
in his Lodge, or holds a dimit therefrom is NOT in consequence sus- 
pended from membership in his Chapter." 

Of Decisions : — 

"Decidedly conservative and commendable rulings in line with the 
traditional dignity of the Craft." 

This from Manitoba Review: — 

"Let us press on. Sometimes- winning, sometimes losing, but always 
conscious that whether winning or losing, our faith in the future is 
firmly fixed." 

From Quebec we glean : — 

"The introduction of a new Ritual, following that used by the mother 
Grand Chapter of Canada, has served to stimulate an increased interest 
in the work." 

Ireland always furnishes something : — 

"It was resolved: that 'Pure Ancient Masonry consists of the follow- 
ing degrees and no others, viz. : The Entered Apprentice, the Fellow 
Craft, the Master Mason, and the Installed Master, but the Degress of 
Royal Arch and Mark Master Mason, shall also be recognized, so long as 
the (Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland shall work only 
those two degrees in the form in which they were worked at the passing 
of this law.' " 


Arthur R. Tillman, G.H.P. 

Alpheus A. Keen, Grand Secretary. 

The Thirty-fifth Convocation was held at Roswell, March 
3, 1933. 

Distinguished guests "from Texas, Iowa and Mexico were 

Seven P.G.H.P.'s were present, doing duty. 

From the G.H.P.'s address this introductory sentence: — 

"May you return to your respective Chapters with the determination 
that, although the path may be rough and rugged, long and tedious the 
journey, we will at last arrive at our journey's end sustained and favoured 
by the Supreme Architect." 

Of Grand Representatives he says : — 

"After careful consideration of this matter, I hesitated making these 
appointments as our laws do not designate who are eligible and length 
of time to serve." 

This of Education: — 

"The literature was received and distributed, and I believe the Chap- 
ters will derive much benefit from it." 

He decided that a motion carried by a majority vote to re- 
duce the salary of Secretary and Tyler by 25% was not legal. 
Membership, 1,719. Net loss, 196. 


John W. Banners was elected G.H.P. 

H. L. Haywood, of Iowa, addressed Grand Chapter on the 
"Story and Meaning of the Holy Royal Arch", in which inci- 
dentally he said: — 

"What are now the Capitular, Cryptic, Chivalric, and Scottish Rites 
in America were in the beginning nothing other than organized systems 
of certain of those 'floating' degrees, chosen by a kind of process of 
natural selection, and it may be safely assumed that they represent the 
best selection for the purpose and as a whole stand nearest to the original 
traditions of early Masonry. 

"How, in short, can we recover the True Word of Royal Arch Ma- 
sonry for itself? How restore the vowels to the consonants? The answer 
is obvious. We can first devote our Chapters to the task of enabling each 
Companion to discover for himself and to appropriate into his own mind 
and life all the riches) of meaning in the degrees, and can, therefore, 
awaken in him their living spirit. And we can also devote the Capitular 
Rite to the task of doing its share of work in the world. How? By send- 
ing out its own light, its own teachings, through its own members. If 
any member feels that the Holy Royal Arch has no light to give to men, 
he has been exalted in vain. In short, by a reeducation of Companions in 
the meanings and ideals of the Rite we shall enable them to recapture 
that living soul without which all the machinery of organization is in 

Reuben Perry is Foreign Correspondent and he does his 
work well and in concentrated form. 

Of Canada at Hamilton he calls attention to our large in- 
vestments. He notes that the Grand Z. is optimistic for the 
future and comments on our division into seventeen Districts. 
He thinks the Report on the Condition of Capitular Masonry is 
worthy of being read by the Craft at large. He kindly says of 
our Review that it is well written and covers all important 


Albert Chandler, Grand First Principal. 

F. R. Sinden, Crand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation was held at Castlereagh Street, 
Sydney, 10th February, 1932. Five Past Grand Z.'s were 

Grand Z. in his address recited in detail the deliberations 
of the Conference with the District Grand Chapter of Scotland, 
also the subsequent meetings and correspondence in which 
New South' Wales endeavours to throw the onus of acceptance 
or rejection of the terms proposed upon its Scottish Com- 
panions. We rather gather from a perusal of the various argu- 
ments pro and con that there are more Chapters and Com- 
panions pertaining to the Scottish Jurisdiction being composed 
of either the original Companions and Chapters who were in 


existence before the Supreme Grand Chapter was organized, 
or their successors, than those owing obedience to the Supreme 
Grand Chapter. Space does not permit a full analysis of the 
various and varying contentions and the rights and wrongs of 
the matter apparently at issue, but we realize fully that there 
are two sides to every question and the decision must eventu- 
ally rest upon those who owe loyal allegiance to Scotland and 
desire to continue as such. 

Quarterly Convocation was held 11th May, 1932. 

Canada was represented by Comp. J. McCreadie. 

The District Reports are succinct and interesting. 

"Fraternal" was substituted for "Foreign" Correspondence, 
as is most meet. 

Quarterly Convocation held 10th August, 1932. The Grand 
Z. in his address refers to questions and objections to the pro- 
posed basis of union for consideration and again claims that 
it is up to the District Grand Chapter of Scotland to prove its 
sincerity when it asks that a Conference be held to bring 
about unity of Government. This does not sound very con- 

Quarterly Convocation held 9th November, 1932, with a 
large attendance. 

Reference is again made to the alleged lack of sincerity on 
the part of the N.S.W. Companions owing allegiance to Scot- 
land and the menace is made that the embargo on intervisita- 
tions may be lifted. Apparently N.S.W. claims that the 
District Grand Scottish Chapter does not desire amalgamation. 

Then followed several Reviews from American Jurisdic- 
tions such as Texas, Indiana, Connecticut and Oregon, giving 
their views on the disturbing element. If the heather is on 
fire why try to spread the flames of conflagration? 

The Grand Inspector of Workings gives a Report at each 

Harold Earlam, Chairman of Correspondence Committee, 
says :— 

"It would be preferable to retain membership of worthy Com- 
panions by suspending their dues, rather than eliminate them from the 

Comp. Chandler was re-elected. 

A special Communication was held 29th November for in- 
stallation of Officers, followed by an exhortation. 

The Representative of New South Wales was the late W. 
H. Tudhope, of Orillia, whose lamented death has been recently 


The Committee on Fraternal Correspondence have a firm 
and abiding- faith that all will be well. They say their work is 
a happy and healthful Masonic experience. 

Canada at Hamilton is well reviewed. The absence of their 
Grand Representative is noted. Many quotations are made 
from what the Reviewer terms "the wonderful address of the 
Grand Z." tracing the history of Canada and the part R.A.M.'s 
have played therein. In speaking of our 75th birthday we 
read : — 

"Five hundred and eighty-four ladies joined with the Companions. 

"The report of Comp. Ponton on Fraternal 'Correspondence was sub- 
mitted on his behalf, by Edwin Smith, who, in doing so, said he 'would 
like to see the printed report not only read by delegates in attendance, 
but by the Companions generally throughout the jurisdiction,' and — we 
might add — by Companions throughout the world, because Comp. Pon- 
ton's reviews are among the most informative and readable of any re- 
views that have come under the writer's notice." 

The Proceedings of England are thought to be meagre, the 
Reviewer saying : — 

"Reports of addresses and lectures that may have been delivered, and 
which doubtless would give pleasure and inspiration to the Companions 
throughout the world, seldom appear in these Quarterly Proceedings. 
Thus these reports are practically so many dry bones, with little of the 
life-giving flesh we have so frequently refreshed our souls with in the 
reading of the proceedings of sister jurisdictions. It may be said that 
such criticism ill becomes a daughter to her mother, but it should be 
remembered that the daughter often looks to her mother for words of 
wisdom and experience. In these reports lying before me she generally 
looks in vain." 

The Review of Saskatchewan is striking. 


John H. O'Brien, Grand High Priest. 

Charles C. Hunt, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-sixth Annual convened in 
Albany, February 7, 1933. Twelve P.G.H.P.'s gave added 
dignity to the Grand East. 

Edward F. Rolle faithfully represented Canada, a real man 
and a real Mason. 

We take the following thoughts from the invocation of 
Grand Chaplain Broughton: — 

"Make us determined to love even at cost to our pride, that so we may 
be soldiers of Thy peace on earth. Help us this day to rise above our 
prejudice and self-will, and to see ourselves, as Thou seest us, children of 
a common Father, workers engaged upon a common task, recruits sum- 
moned to a common service. 

"For the experience and inspiration of friendship, God, we praise 


"We ask Thee not to lift us out of life, but to prove Thy power within 
it; not for tasks more suited to our strength, but for strength more 
suited to our tasks." 

A fine array of distinguished guests were greeted and 

Henry DeWitt Hamilton, P.G.G.H.P., spoke briefly and 

The G.H.P. in his address referred to the loss of three 
P.G.H.P.'s, and to their outstanding loyalty and service, 
namely, M. Ex. Companions Dutcher, Cheney and Adams. 

The reception of the Order of High Priesthood is essential 
to a Ruler in New York. 

This among the rulings: — 

"An application for a dispensation authorizing a Chapter to confer 
the degrees on clergymen without collection of initiation fees was denied." 

A Commission was issued to M. Ex. Comp. C. W. 
Haentschel, who succeeds the late Comp. Harcourt. 
He speaks kindly of his visit to Canada: — 

"We were royally entertained at a 'get-together' dinner on the evening 
of February 23rd, and brought back with us many happy memories." 

And this Reviewer thanks him for his encouraging words. 

The Delinquent Committee plan outlined last year establish- 
ed personal contact and did good work. 

With regard to our suspension system the following ad- 
monitory advice is given: — 

"Thousands there are throughout the State who, during past years 
have been suspended, the great majority of whom are without doubt 
worthy, yet are under a cloud of fraternal indebtedness and ostracism 
from which, because of other obligations, they can never hope to escape. 

"The feeling of the average man under suspension is that he was 
good enough for companionship so long as he was able to pay, but not so 
when days of adversity and need came upon him. He feels that he was 
'kicked out,' that he got a 'raw deal/ and from the time of his suspension 
the Chapter can hope for no particular beneficial influence from him. 
Unjust though this attitude may be, nevertheless it represents a human 
weakness inherent in the average man, and whether right or wrong so 
long as the Companion under suspension feels that way he stands a 
serious liability to his Chapter and to the Craft at large. 

"Furthermore, Companions honourably discharged are more apt to 
seek reinstatement than if suspended under a load of indebtedness, and 
reinstated would doubtless prove loyal supporters of the Royal Craft. 

"Chapters may well give consideration, to the elimination from Bul- 
letins of items of a pessimistic nature. Optimism is a constructive force, 
and more optimism is what men need to-day." 

More "self-starters" are needed, the G.H.P. says and this 
may be interesting: — 

"Compared with the 'good old days' when two-year terms were more 
popular and High Priests had to 'get warmed up and going' early the 
first term in order to avoid criticism or defeat at the next Annual. Some 


of the ideas of the 'good old days' weren't so bad after all! Let's hope 
that the Companions of the Chapters which had slow starters this year 
may get a 'new deal' under the new administration." 

Among his decisions the following: — 

"There is nothing, so far as I can find, in the Constitution which 
prohibits joint installation of the officers of two or more Chapters. 
Neither is there anything in the Constitution which prohibits joint instal- 
lation with the Lodge, yet the latter action is not in order. I have never 
considered constitutional silence on any subject sufficient authority on 
which to depart from ancient common practice. 

"Therefore, for the best interests of the Grand Chapter, Subordinate 
Chapters, and individual Companions, as I see them, I must disapprove 
of joint installations and decline to issue dispensations for that purpose." 
The Grand Secretary is thus worthily described: — 

"Courteous, prompt, experienced, and willing always, this quiet, 
unassuming, dignified and cultured guardian of the records of the Grand 
Chapter, and counsellor of Grand High Priests, conducts the voluminous 
and highly important duties of his office with marvellous efficiency and 

Grand Lecturer Dickerson made an able report and an- 
swered questions. 

Robert F. Janes was elected G.H.P. 

Touching references are made to deceased Brethren all 
round the world. 

Again the individual and characteristic touch of George E. 
Briggs, a mature and ever vibrant journalist, is noted in the 
Fraternal Correspondence, his motto being "Well, let's look at 
the record." In his introduction, which is eminently quotable, 
he says: — 

"Some Companions reply, 'We should use a club.' Well, what club? 
There are too many Clubs already. Id est — Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, 
Lions' Club, Country Club, Bridge Club, Social Club, and clubs ad 
infinitum, except the R.A.M. Club. 

" 'Can you make no use of your discontent?' 

"Is it not quite possible that this attitude of 'how not to do it' has 
taken possession of the minds of our Capitular leaders? En passant, are 
there many of the latter personages in these flurry-hurry-scurry days? 

"It's a good thing to remember; 
But a better thing to do, 
To work with the construction gang 
And not the wrecking crew." 

"New York has never had an honourary member. Nor have the New 
England or Middle States accepted the practice. 

"Disbursements for many extravagant and, we aver, unnecessary 
programmes, ceremonies, functions, observances, later will be found in 
reports of Grand Treasurers of Jurisdictions which could ill afford to 
spend the money for such purposes at such times and under the financial 
conditions of the past two years. We are aware of financial obligations 
incurred for celebrations and observances by Masonic Bodies which could 
not spare the funds. Much less than has been done in Masonry and by 


the profane would have sufficed to do sufficient honour to the Father of 
his Country and a Masonic Master. Personally we believe that this 1932 
Washington Bicentennial has been about eighty per cent. bunk. 

"So having submitted for your perusal a few impressions in perhaps 
a somewhat desultory manner, without sequence or continuity, we con- 
clude our Royal Arch Masonry's (not Washington's) 'Merry-go-Round' 
for the current year. 

"We sign off. This is Briggs speaking, station RAMNY." 

Canada at Hamilton is brilliantly reviewed. We quote: — 

"Running true to form there was a veritable outpouring of Officers, 
Past Grand Officers, Grand Representatives, delegates and visitors. 

"New York's ambassador, Fred. W. Harcourt, was on vacation for 
his health. Alas, he has since died. 

"The annual of the Grand Z. was Instar omnium. Poising on the 
brink, as it were, of the three-quarter century mark of the Grand Chap- 
ter. Companion Price in a fitting manner referred to the birth of the 
Grand Chapter and dwelt for some time on the part played by the City 
of Hamilton in the Capitular history of the Dominion. He recalled the 
period when Canada possessed the one and only Grand Body. Now there 
was one in each of the eight Provinces. 

"Among a marvellous array of greetings, of good wishes and con- 
gratulations we discovered and brought to light this one, headed 
Edward F. Rolle, New York: 'Wishing you and all my Companions of 
the Royal Craft a happy reunion.' 

"Having exhausted our limited vocabulary of complimentary and 
laudatory adjectives and phrases in five previous years concerning 
Canada's Reviewer, may we say to Col. Ponton, the peer of us all, with 
Pope in his essay on 'Criticism,' 

" 'True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, 
As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.' " 

Under West Virginia he quotes : — 

"How sweet and gracious, even in common speech, 
Is that fine sense which men call Courtesy! 
Wholesome as air and genial as the light, 
Welcome in every clime as breath of flowers, 
It transmutes aliens into trusting friends, 
And gives its owner passport round the globe." 

We do not like to spoil the wonderful address of Grand 
Chaplain Broughton on ''Keeping up One's Courage" by par- 
celling it out but we have no other course. The whole is a 
masterpiece. He quotes: — 

"God pity all the lonely folk 
With griefs they do not tell, 
Women waking in the night 
And men dissembling well. 
God pity all the brave who go 
The common road, and wear 
No ribboned medal on their breast, 
No laurel in their hair." 

And concludes: — 

"In these days of stress and uncertainty, in these difficult and anxious 
times through which we are passing, call in your reserves of endurance. 


Never consider 'surrender.' No situation in life can master you until you 
yourself pull down the flag. My last word to you must be of the lovely 
virtue, courage. Courage, my Companions, and 'greet the unseen with a 
cheer.' 'Fight on, fight on, till the whistle blows.' " 
This is a great Jurisdiction. 


Henry C. Schmidt, G.H.P. 

L. W. Semenza, Grand Secretary, pro tern. 

The Sixtieth Annual was held in Carson City, June 6, 1933. 

Eleven P.G.H.P.'s reported for duty in the Grand East. 

This describes the reception of the flag : — 

"The Grand High Priest ordered Past Grand High Priest and Grand 
Captain of the Host to retire and present the Flag of Our Country at 
the Altar. The assembled Companions saluted the Flag and it was then 
placed in a place of honour in the East." 

Charles L. Fulstone represented Canada. 

The G.H.P. in his address refers to the passing of a 
great pillar in our Royal Arch, M. E. Percy, whose rugged 
honesty of purpose and great knowledge of Masonic law was 
ever an inspiration. 

He reports his acceptance to an invitation to address the 
Order of the Eastern Star on "the merits of the Star and its 
relationship to Masonry." 

Grand Secretary F. R. King had moved from the State. 

Among his recommendations the following:— 
"I recommend that this Grand Chapter extend the time limit wherein 
Constituent Chapters may pay their Grand Chapter dues or assessments, 
to those Chapters that have been so unfortunate as to lose their funds 
through the closing of a number of our banks, or at least whose funds 
are, for that reason, not immediately available." 
Membership, 648. Loss, 22. 

The Grand Orator delivered an address from which we 
make the following extracts: — 

"As the Psalmist, we, too, may say: 'I will lift up mine eyes unto the 
hill from whence cometh my help.' 

"Eighteen hundred and seventy- three was still the reconstruction 
period of that great war which threatened to rend this Republic in 
twain. Nineteen hundred and thirty-three finds us still renewing struc- 
tures leveled by that great world conflict. Each was a bloody strife waged 
that democracy might live. 

"Have we not of late in this state as well as nation worshipped at the 
Dollar's shrine? Have we not become its willing slaves? Created a 
friend to man it claims no servitude. 'Liberty' inscribed upon its brow — 
and, what is more, 'In God we trust.' Has the siren of idolatry lulled us 
into a stupid lethargy? If so, we must awake, lest the foundation of our 
Government crumble beneath us." 

George L. Swartz was elected G.H.P. 

John F. Marr is the Grand Representative of Nevada. 



J. R. Dreaver, Grand Z. 

C. W. Nielsen, Grand Scribe E. 

The Forty-first Annual was held in Auckland, 15th Febru- 
ary, 1933. 

Seven Past First Grand Principals were honoured. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Tracy Russell Tracy-Inglis was elected 
Grand Z. 

The report of the Supreme Committee was most interest- 
ing and was considered seriatim. 

From one of the Chapters in the Hawkes Bay District, re- 
covering from their troubles experienced, we read this poetic 
gleam of brightness and hope : — 

"All we want now is a little sunshine of prosperity to thaw the crust 
of our frozen wealth and let it trickle into the channel of employment, 
and we would soon forget our troubles." 

The Report on the Condition of Masonry says: — 

"In some cases, a slackening in the number of new applicants has 
been noted, but yet here enthusiasm and desire to do things well remain 

"An investigation of the gains and losses shows a net loss in member- 
ship of 163 in all. The total membership shown in the last Proceedings 
was 4,104." 

The Grand Superintendents are not elected and appointed 
annually in New Zealand but apparently for as long as they 
do good work and wish to retain the office. 

The question of the proposed peripatetic system, not 
merely of holding the meetings of Grand Chapter but of ad- 
ministering its affairs in the four different Districts respective- 
ly, was argued at great length, pro and con. 

Sir George Fowlds favoured the retention of Grand Chapter 
administration in the most central position and opposed whole- 
heartedly the moving system. The supporter of the motion 
said : — 

"It was high time the other districts awoke out of sleep — came to the 
assistance of Wellington and shared the responsibility, with the unity of 
the institution as the ideal." 

After motion for closure, the clause was declared carried 

by 74 to 49 against the protests of Grand Scribe E., and others. 

The First Grand Principal speaking of the Temple said : — 

"During the reign of the Roman Emperor, Vespasian, occurred 639 
years and forty-five days after its completion, and the date of its de- 
struction was almost exactly foretold by the prophets. 

"In Capitular Freemasonry we endeavour to typify the magnificence 
of this building by the excellence of our moral precepts and teachings." 

Of the condition of the Craft he spoke : — 


"In many Lodges in other countries which I have visited, the W.M. at 
the end of the Third Degree ceremony informs the newly-raised Brother 
that there are other Degrees in Freemasonry, and mentions especially 
the Royal Arch. He suggests that, in due time, the Brother should 
extend his researches into this Degree in order to complete his Masonic 

"Freemasons are enthusiastic at their initiation, and final admission 
into the Craft, but soon they lose interest because their energies are not 
directed into proper channels. 

"It cannot foe emphasized too strongly that the so-called higher degrees 
should constitute the aristocracy of Freemasonry, not the aristocracy of 
wealth or social position, but of that intellectuality, which can under- 
stand and appreciate the lights and shades of the institution, and is 
imbued with a proper conception of capability for good." 

J. H. Harkness faithfully represented Canada. 
This Motion was negatived : — 

"That Rule 81 of the Constitution relating to membership of Craft 
members in a Craft Lodge be amended by substituting for the words 
'shall thereupon ipso facto cease' the words 'shall cease at the end of the 
current financial year of the Chapter.' " 

What about Canada's exceptional position? 
The Grand Scribe E. thus ended the Report of the Pro- 
ceedings after hospitality had been duly acknowledged: — 

"Everyone who attended the Convocation profited by the experience 
of the two days, and gained somethings — it might be experience or food 
for thought." 

The Proceedings of Canada were received. 
Dr. J. Austin Evans is the Grand Representative of New 


William B. Hodge, Grand High Priest. 

W. R. Smith, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Eleventh Convocation was held at 
Charlotte, May 9, 1933. Eleven Past Grand High Priests were 
presented to the Grand Chapter bv the Grand Captain of the 

Distinguished visitors from Tennessee, the General Grand 
Chapter, South Carolina and Massachusetts were welcomed. 

The whole Proceedings, including the Reviews, were well 
printed by the pupils at the Oxford Orphanage and the crafts- 
manship is much to their credit. 

Canada was represented by W. G. Bandy. 

From the address of the G.H.P. we take the following: — 

"We continued to Oxford and attended the graduation exercises at the 
Orphanage, when a splendid group of young men and women were 
launched on life's sea with a physical, mental and spiritual preparation 
that reflects the greatest credit on the institution, its officers and 


He notes the communication from New South Wales 
appealing against Scotland. Referred to the Jurisprudence 
Committee and afterwards referred to a subsequent Grand 

Under Education he says : — 

"They co-operated vigorously, intelligently and successfully, and 
evolved a series of questions relating to Royal Arch Masonry which was 
put into mimeograph form and has been used with much success by the 
Grand Lecturer. It has been surprising to find how many of the things 
in Chapter work have not been done in all cases exactly right. 

'^Others cannot pay, and it would appear that the amounts appro- 
priated over the several years, amounting to approximately $12,000.00, 
are in a very indefinite state. 

"Dead officers 1 — dead Chapters." 

Throughout the Proceedings Comp. A. B. Andrews was a 
column of strength and main-spring of energy. 
Membership, 5,526. Net loss, 510. 
This from the Committee on Necrology: — 

"Out of earth's weariness, trial and sorrow, 
Out of its cares and its fears for to-morrow, 
Out of restless unsatisfied yearnings, 
Out of the fever of human heart-burnings, 
Out of the griefs of deplored separations. 
Out of the pain of night-watching removed 
Into the sleep that God gives His beloved!" 

The G.H.P. of Tennessee well said: — 

"To correct these things simply means education. There are two 
measures I am advocating. A closer contact between the Royal Arch 
Chapter and the Blue Lodges. 

"And I believe that I am justified in saying to you the land is lit as 
far as Hebron * * * * and the Royal Craft should be set to work, and 
that we will build a grander, a greater, and more useful Masonry than 
we have ever known before." 

John H. Enwright was elected G.H.P. 

Edward C. Berkinshaw represents North Carolina. 

The Capitular Review of J. Edward Allen, known all over 
the world, is printed in a separate volume larger than the Pro- 
ceedings themselves. The matter and format are in every way 
worthy. He reprints an analysis of the protest of Massa- 
chusetts in re Allied Masonic Degrees. 

The following from his Foreword of greetings : — 

"This report is written in a time when the world around is entirely 
unsettled. One only can know that conditions had just about reached the 
ultimate bottom, and the people of these United States were quite ready 
to give a fair trial to anything that gave hope of a change. Things 
couldn't be worse. 


"It is in essence a studied and (apparently) controlled attempt to 
arrive at some higher level of commodity prices. The net result to this 


date is, that the person who has nothing to sell except his services is 
getting a very unhappy version of the new deal. We can only hope that 
the readjustment will reach all classes in time. If it does, and when it 
does, the result will be highly beneficial. 

"We Americans have been almost universally the goats in matters 
diplomatic, and in conferences of the great powers. 

"Royal Arch Masonry? We only hope it has something to do with it. 
Any reader who turns to the last pages of these Reviews, and sees there 
the losses in membership which we have been called upon to set out, will 
know that something had to happen in order to prevent annihilation. 
Some years ago we ventured that overdoses of Prosperity were the worst 
thing that has happened to Masonry in a century. Now we do not know 
much about that: perhaps overdoses of Depression may be equally as 

"We find a very interesting quotation from a most interesting Cana- 
dian writer. The Reviewer of Alberta is the Rev. Dr. S. H. Middleton. 

"A decade has passed since these prophets of a new Utopia em- 
blazoned across the skies their message of satisfaction and complacency. 
While we have been assuming with Browning that 'All's well with the 
world/ a new era — age, aeon, call it whatever you like — has gradually 
been evolved. The strains of the 'Jubilate' had barely ceased, when the 
ominous dirge of the 'De Profundis' was heard. Thousands who joined 
our ranks are now gone, almost forgotten. Our ranks are sadly depleted ; 
the remaining rank and file are calling for vigorous leadership." 

He speaks appropriately of the Royal Arch Code as fol- 
lows : — 

"This is a day of 'codes'; the Government Recovery Act has called for 
codes of this interest and that cult; of this trade and that manufactur- 
ing organization, until the air is supercharged with 'codes.' The only 
trouble with the 'codes' is, that they are bleeding to death the fellow 
who has not yet anything to sell except his services and can't get any 
more for these — professional persons are getting it in the neck with a 

"We suggest that there ought to be a Royal Arch Code. We submit 
that one is needed. Royal Arch Masonry followed the trend of conditions 
in the country as a whole — something was badly needed; in fact, most 
anything would do much good, or at least couldn't make things worse. 
We need recovery — we should have said that we need to participate in 
the Recovery. 

"1. Officers — No man may become an officer unless he is known to be 
fit for the place. 

"2. Every Convocation a planned meeting; planning the work, and 
working the plan. 

"3. Frequent contacts with all members. 

"4. No suspension except after positive contact with the delinquent. 

"5. A greater Capitular solidarity. 

"The Royal Craft has a priceless heritage, but doesn't act as if it felt 
proud of it sometimes. Would that we had a real Royal Arch House- 
Organ, so to speak. Both Royal Arch and Knights Templar sorely need 
some solidifying agency. If the reader has a better idea, let's have it. 

"This is our Royal Arch Code. Something to shoot at, to think about." 

Between his various articles and Reviews he intersperces 
an anthology of brotherhood in poetic selections, beginning 
with the following: — 



"God, what a world, if men in street and mart 
Felt the same kinship of the human heart 
Which makes them, in the face of fire and flood, 
Rise to the meaning of True Brotherhood. 

"For he who joins the issue of life's field 
Must fully know the hazard of the fray, 
And dare to venture ere he hope to win ; 
Mu«t choose the risk and then refuse to yield 
Until the sunset lights shall close the day 
And God's great city lets the victor in." 


"You never attained to Him?" "If to attain 

Be to abide, then that may be." 
"Endless the way, followed with how much pain!'!' 

"The way was He." 

"A sudden gasp, a stifled cry, 
A breath that beckons strife: 

A moment of uncertainty with boding shadows rife ; 
Another gasp, a fleeting pain, a struggle and then LIFE." 

Under District of Columbia we read this graphic and re- 
alistic description: — 

"Ruined in that driving rain, and not a thing being done about it. 
Past Grand Melvin M., Johnson of Massachusetts had a great speech to 
make, but he had to make it to a little handful of men inside the audi- 
torium, every man of them uncomfortable because of the same thing that 
makes this writer's baby boy and blue-eyed namesake of the age of 
eighteen months uncomfortable about 6 o'clock of a morning, if you 
bachelors know what that is." 

Later on we read : — 

" And keep up hope far into the night, 
Don't be a quitter, let your courage be high. 
While there's life, there's hope, so never say die. 
Have hope for yourself, and smile for a friend, 
And success will be yours when the day's at an end. 

" Tis the divinity that stirs within us, 
'Tis heaven itself that points out an hereafter, 
And intimates eternity to man." 

Canada, including the Yukon, is thoroughly reviewed. He 
quotes the Grand First Principal and adds : — 

"So you have to be in good standing to get into a Chapter, but after 
that you can get out of your lodge if you want to. This sort of thing 
would please some persons of whom we have heard in the States, who 
have wanted to drop out of their lodges and just keep up whatever was 
necessary to remain a Shriner. We hold that no man who is not in touch 
with Craft Masonry ought to be permitted to remain in touch with the 
rest of it." 

He is struck with Report on Condition of Masonry and 
quotes and comments thus: — 


"But Love, Compassion, Kindness, Brotherhood, are tangible — yet 
intangible. We can measure our membership, our increases, and losses, 
in terms of figures, but can we compute these attributes of good Masonry 
by the same system of measurement? We venture the opinion that not- 
withstanding a decreased membership, Royal Arch Masonry will contri- 
bute to the community, to the province, to the country at large, a 
measure of good influence. 

"And then there is still further interpretation of the spirit of 

"There is hopeful discussion of the problem of Masonic Education in 
the same report. 

He says of our Review: — 

"Of course Reviewer Ponton is on the job and gives us an excellent 
document. He accompanies it with a subject-index which is very helpful." 

"It fortifies my soul to know 
That though I perish, truth is so; 
That's wheresoe'er I stray and range, 
Whate'er I do, Thou dost not change. 
I steadier step when I recall 
That, if I slip, Thou dost not fall." 

—Arthur Hugh Clough. 


Charles Jewett Phelan, Grand High Priest. 

William F. Boy Ian, acting Grand High Priest. 

Walter L. Stockwell, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-fourth Convocation opened January 24, 1933. 

Companion Joseph R. Yorke, of Saskatchewan, was re- 
ceived with God Save the King and as representing three 
Grand Chapters — Saskatchewan, Alberta and Canada. 

Twelve P.G.H.P.'s were honoured in the Grand East. 

Letter was acknowledged from Dr. Charles Haentschel, our 
Grand Z. 

The Grand Secretary read the G.H.P.'s address. 

Under Necrology he said: — 

"We owe a debt of gratitude to the 'Great I am' that the active line 
of our official family remains unbroken and that our Past Grand High 
Priests who were among the living last year can still answer the Roll 

Why the distinction between the "official family'' and other 
Royal Arch Masons? 

With regard to the Educational Fund he says: — 

"This fund is having efficient supervision as you will see from the 
report of the Clerk. (Slow and delinquent loans are being closely followed 
up and in certain cases suit is being brought. The small amount of 
charge-offs deemed necessary by your committee can be considered 
remarkable considering all loans are unsecured and that in these times 
remunerative positions for graduate students are hard to get." 


Drastic reduction in their expenditures being required, a 
Resolution was moved that the next Grand Chapter convene 
in 1934 immediately following the Communication of Grand 

The visit of the Order of the Eastern Star is thus record- 

"These good women were conducted to the East where they received 
public Grand Honours. Companion Boylan said that flowers spoke a 
universal language understood by all people." 

From the Grand Secretary's able report we take the fol- 
lowing : — 

"We are not doing a lot of the foolish, wasteful and expensive things 
we did five and six years ago. We are thinking more in terms of human 
needs and spiritual values. The other evening we were privileged to 
attend the recognition dinner of the Master Farm Home Makers at the 
Agricultural College. It was a most heartening experience and does 
much to counteract the feeling that farm homes and life are nothing but 
bleak despair. No one doubts that there are problems but if we can 
eliminate waste, extravagance and corruption in public and private 
spending, all pull together, remember that we are members one of 
another, that this Union is indissoluble, that by and large people mean to 
play fair, deal justly and do the right thing, we shall be surprised how 
soon the rosy dawn of a better day will appear. Let us be thankful that 
we live now and can have a part in working out difficult problems." 

Membership, 3,097. Net loss, 369. 

Comp. Guthrie, Fraternal Correspondent, presented his 
preliminary report as usual with the Guthrie touch. We 
quote : — 

*<Let us hope that our never-to-be-forgotten method of making candi- 
dates by the score and suspending them by the hundred, may not soon be 

"Quality of membership is a desirable asset to any community or 
fraternity. 'Look well to your ballot and vote for the GOOD of the 

"Our knowledge was held back from the learner, our desire to propa- 
gate the germ was not matured in time to assist the candidate. 

"We have many echoes, but too few leaders. By leaders, we mean 
planners, those who are executives, who are doers of deeds, lustrous in 
achievement, not foils of tinsel. These are demanded for the building of 
the Temple, constructive workers from the foundation to the dome, are 
the imperative need now." 

From the Necrology Report this paragraph : — 

"We do not believe that it was the intention of the Creator that we 
should simply increase, multiply and occupy the land. We believe that it 
is the mission of the human family to develop to the highest point those 
mental, moral and spiritual values, which should be the 'summum bonum' 
of our existence." 

This reference is to the evening programme: — 

"The address of the evening was given by Companion Airheart, 
Director of the Fargo School of Religious Education in affiliation with 


the Agricultural .College. His topic was 'Watchman, Tell us of the 
Night, what the signs of Promise are.' It was a masterly presentation of 
some present day problems." 

William F. Boylan was elected G.H.P. He said: — 

"The future is dependent upon the wise education of our youth." 

Canada's Grand Representative, Geo. H. Keyes, was not 

George L. Gardiner represents North Dakota. 

From the excellent and kindly Review of Canada at Hamil- 
ton we take these extracts: — 

"Many distinguished visitors were welcomed, also 43 Grand Represen- 
tatives, among them being Comp. Gardiner, representing North Dakota, 
who as always contributes an excellent paper on the Conditions of 
Capitular Masonry. 

"There is a vast amount of instruction in the address of the Grand 
Zed. Making a single excerpt is hazardous, but our limitations compel us 
to be judicious in our choice, so we cull one paragraph to express the 
dignity of his office. 

"That he was a very busy Chief was evident from his report, and he 
received the commendation of his Companions for his zeal and fidelity. 

"We felicitate our Grand Representative, Geo. L. Gardiner, on his 
election to Grand J. 

"The inspiring report on Foreign Correspondence is the work of that 
devoted Craftsman, Comp. Ponton. His excerpts are many and his com- 
ments judicious, there is abundance of thought permeating the entire 
output and it is much appreciated and generously read." 

Under Saskatchewan Review we read: — 

"North Dakota received favourable comment, but we are so closely 
allied that we could scarcely expect aught else from our Honourary Mem- 
ber, who is also one of the Circle of Elders." 

This from the "Ending* of the Story": — 

"It has involved many hours of thought, and some labour, princi- 
pally with the idea of getting the essence out of the many things con- 
tained in the volumes brought to me for review." 


Joseph W. Boyd, G.H.P. 

Brenton F. Porter, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-fourth Convocation of Grand Chapter of Nova 
Scotia with jurisdiction over Prince Edward Island and the 
Dominion of Newfoundland (now about to change its status), 
was held in Halifax, 13th June, 1933. 

Six Past Grand High Priests reported for duty. 

The opening invocation contains some ennobling thoughts. 
We quote: — 

"Direct all our deliberations, save us from all levity, pride or pre- 
judice, that we may glorify Thy Holy Name and adorn Thy Sanctuary. 
Be with our Sovereign Lord the King and all his councillors to bless them 
with wisdom in this hour of perplexity. We implore Thy blessing upon 


our own Country, its legislators and citizens that under Thy Divine 
guidance all things may be based upon the best and surest Foundations." 

The G.H.P. in his address says : — 

"To-day we assemble in the Capital City of this Province, well known 
to you all, historically, Masonically and personally, for this Convocation. 

"The Angel of Release came to three of our Past Grand High Priests 
in the year just closed. Best known to you all was our beloved Grand 

This is one of his decisions : — 

"A Demit, whether printed, typed or written, under the Seal of the 
Chapter and duly signed by the Council and Secretary, is constitutional 
and legal." 

He closed with this verse: — 

"Life is sweet just because of the friends we have made 
And the things which in common we share; 

We want to live on not because of ourselves 
But because of the people who care ; 

It's in giving and doing for somebody else ; 
On that all life's splendour depends." 

Membership, 2,227. Net loss, 154. 

George S. Wright represented Canada. 

Henry S. Theakston was elected G.H.P. 

George D. Macdougall was again appointed Grand 

M. Ex. Comp. George Moore, a veteran who keeps the faith, 
represents Nova Scotia. 

The Foreign Correspondence is again in the hands of Grand 
Secretary Porter. He prefaces his Reviews with the follow- 
ing verses: — 

" 'Build me a temple,' the Master said, 
'Fashion each block with care; 
Stones for my house I have placed at hand, 
More will be furnished at your demand, 
See that you build it as I have planned — 
Build it surpassing fair.' 

"How am I doing my Master's work — 
What of my zeal and skill? 
How do I work God's will?" 

Of capitular education he says : — 

"Capitular education is one effort which seems to be helpful but it 
will only serve the interested, but it may well be that an interested 
nucleus will prove the 'little leaven that leaveneth the whole lump.' 
Leadership, if it were available in all of our Chapters would speedily 
work a change." 

Canada at Hamilton received favourable treatment. He 
expresses sympathy on account of the illness of George Moore. 
He adds: — 


"Very fittingly, if not intentionally, celebrated in the city in which 
the Grand Chapter was organized in 1858 claiming jurisdiction, not 
undivided, over all Canada. 

"A book which will contain historical data, photographic reproduc- 
tions and biographical facts of the thirty-eight Past Grand First Prin- 
cipals is projected. 

"The Proceedings show a cut of the immense Birthday cake pre- 
sented by the Hamilton City and District Companions. The cake 
cipals is projected. 

He quotes from Grand Z. Price's address: — 

"Renew its vigour and influence when the world returns again to 
better times. And return it must, and will, unless all the experience of 
previous generations is misleading." 

Of our Review he kindly says : — 

"The comprehensive Review of Foreign Correspondence is well de- 
scribed by Comp. Ponton in his few words of Introduction. We appre- 
ciate this and also the comments made thereon. Comp. Ponton does not 
think the sash necessary in the Royal Arch regalia. 

"As to the Mark Master Masons of England. At this distance from 
the scene of action we quite agree with you, Companion. 

"Many interesting thoughts might be gleaned for our Companions did 
space permit." 


Lyle S. Evans, Grand High Priest. 

Mont. C. Hambright, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Sixteenth Annual was held in 
Columbus, October 5, 1932. A fine array of seventeen P.G.H.P.s 
graced the Grand East. 

The Grand Chaplain offered a long and striking invocation, 
from which we take these thoughts : — 

"Forgive us then, Master Builder of the Ages, if we have thought 
to build except by thy hand and in thine everlasting purpose, and for 
thy glory. Let this our annual convocation be a 'convocation with thee. 
Be thou our counsel, our wisdom, our strength. Restore us, we implore 
thee, from our weakness. Lift us from our dimmed vision. Arm us, in 
our defenselessness. Gird us in our helplessness, and let blaze afresh 
within our beleagured souls the fires of righteousness and truth. By thy 
grace enable us to walk the higher paths, to know the ultimate truths, to 
see the brighter light, to find the intrinsic values, to work by the more 
perfect pattern, to create the more finished design." 

This from the address of welcome: — 

"Troubles, such as our country is passing through at this time, are 
due in a great measure to the fact that we forget the principles of 
Christianity, the principles of fraternity. We go to church on Sunday 
and then go to the devil on Monday, so to speak." 

Distinguished guests from Michigan, New York and 
Pennsylvania were honoured. 

The Grand Master of Ohio spoke well : — 

"I know by the look on your faces that we are not here to have a 
good cry together. We are here to get the inspiration that we are bound 


to get from the members, and get the encouragement and energy that is 
to be received in this, what I might term, the 'Power House of Masonry.' " 

From the address of the G.H.P. we take the following 
paragraphs : — 

"I believe the past year will show that there is absolutely nothing 
wrong with Masonry. When we take time to forget outside things and 
become interested once more in things that are worth while, Capitular 
Masonry will resume its position as one of the foundation stones in the 
fabric of our community life upon which we may build a structure of a 
better and nobler State and Country." 

In connection with the Fraternal Dead the following from 
the Grand Chaplain: — 

"Let us be clothed with the secret of their valour. Let us discover 
and lay hold upon the sources of their strength. Let us stride onward 
with their hope. Let us battle with their courage. Let us triumph with 
their victory." 

Henry Gruen duly represented Canada. 

Of the Masonic Home he says : — 

"Too much praise cannot be given to the manner in which the 
Masonic Home is conducted. An earnest effort is made, not to make it 
an institution, but a home." 

He praises the Welfare Committee in the following 
words : — 

"I have found that the Welfare Committee, whose duty it is to see 
delinquent members personally, and to make investigations outside, has 
been a very great benefit in determining whether or not a member of the 
Chapter is worthy to be carried on the rolls any longer, or whether he 
should be suspended without anything else being done. The Welfare 
Committee also carries, to the Companions visited, the feeling that the 
Chapter is interested in them and wants to see if something cannot be 
done to help." 

Membership, 70,396. Net loss and a startling one, 5,779. 

This from the Report of the Necrologist: — 

"An outstanding physician, a prominent and influential citizen, a kind 
and courtly gentleman, a knight of the higher crusade, M.E. Comp. Belt, 
in death, commits to us, who mourn his departure from us, the knightly 
heritage of a clean, white, useful life and a Masonic service which not 
only invites but impels us all to ceaseless emulation." 

Henry Gruen was elected G.H.P. 

The G.H.P. of Pennsylvania delivered a fine address from 
which we quote: — 

"The word 'Companion' to me is one of the most precious in Masonry. 
As you know, the word itself means 'With Bread,' and to break bread 
with a man in olden times was a most sacred bond between them. It is 
true to-day." 

Our energetic Grand Scribe E., M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith 
represents Ohio. 


A glance of Royal Arch Masonry by R. Ex. Comp. Walcutt 
is worthy of the applause it received. We make a few ex- 
tracts : — 

"Men are never so ready to learn, never so ready to listen, never so 
ready to have brought to them the real fundamental things of life as 
they are in a time of adversity. 

"In the Master Mason Degree you find Israel at the summit of its 
power, at the very highest point in the splendour of its wealth, building 
magnificently to impress the eye of man, yet, in that time of material 
prosperity, they lost the Word and it was only a short time while after 
that the Jewish nation was broken completely and its people scattered. 

"1. Its Antiquity. 

"2. Its Universality. 

"3. Its Symbolism. 
"How old is it? 

"Since 1740 we have had the Royal Arch Degree under its present 
name and in its present form. 

"But I do not believe that a Royal Arch Mason is fair to himself, 
his Chapter or his Brother who is not willing and glad to go to proper 
Master Masons and explain to them that we have something without 
which their Masonic experience is not complete. 

"Pick your men. When you pick them, say to them that we have for 
them something that is worth their time and effort. 

"Study your Ritual of the Veils. Make its wonderful symbolism a 
part of your life. Be not content until you have plumbed the very depths 
of its richness. 

"In the Revelation of the New Testament, the locusts and the scor- 
pions shall 'not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, 
neither any tree, but only such men as have not the seal of God on their 

"Consume me in the ardour of Thy Flame, 
And grant, Lord, the mystery of Thy name." 

Carl W. Sperling submits his second Review. 

He pays particular attention to Canada, 1932, saying-: — 

"Ohio was represented by M.E. Comp. Edwin Smith. 

"The Grand Chapter observed in a splendid manner the Seventy-fifth 
Anniversary of the founding. Congratulatory telegrams came pouring 
in from many Grand Chapter Jurisdictions. 

"More than four pages were graciously used by the reviewer to cover 


Charles G. Wattson, Grand High Priest. 

Ira B. Kirkland, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-fourth Convocation was held at El Reno, April 
19, 1933. 

A gavel was presented to Grand Chapter. 

Canada was duly represented by William Noble. 

The Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce at El Reno 
gave the address of welcome. 


From the G.H.P.'s account of his stewardship the follow- 
ing: — 

"It is only through the Grand Chapter that Constituent Chapters may 
function. It is likewise true that the Grand Chapter is dependent on the 
local bodies for its existence. Hence, it behooves us to truly work to- 
gether in our endeavours to carry on the business promotion of our 
'Noble and glorious work.' 

"Down through the years this Grand Chapter has been guided and 
guarded by Companions who love the Royal Craft — God fearing men ; 
men who have suffered. 

"Of my peregrinations throughout our own bailiwick, volumes could 
be written. 

" 'Remove Not the Ancient Landmarks Which thy Fathers Have 
Set.' This admonition handed down through the ages appears at the top 
of our Ritual and should be heeded. 

"After travelling 7,930 miles, writing about four hundred personal 
letters, talking with, or at, a few thousand Companions, the conclusion is 
reached that we are all pretty much alike. Each of us has a pet 
theory, or cure-all, for the troubles common to all. 

"It is said that inflation taints or destroys everything it touches. 
We've been tainted. Inflated membership; too little Masonry. Too 
much brick and mortar; not enough kindness and charity." 

The G.H.P. had the misfortune to lose his wife and thus 
touchingly refers to his tragedy : — 

"When Mrs. Wattson and I left Ponca City we little dreamed that 
her trouble would take her so soon. Brave, courageous to the last, 
"God's finger touched her, and she slept." 

"0 never star was lost here but it rose afar." 

Membership, 9,024. Loss, 1,398. 

Upwards of 82,000 has been paid out on loans. The net in- 
vested funds are nearly $56,000. 

Nineteen P.G.H.P.'s buttressed the Grand East, a fine 

A Memorial Library )ias been established with the co- 
operation of Grand Lodge. 

Walter M. Rainey was elected G.H.P. 

The Secretaries' Association continues to prosper. 

Ed. Worth, of Chatham, represents Oklahoma. 

Fraternal Correspondence is for the eighth time in the able 
charge of Eugene Hamilton, who says in his Foreword : — 

"From the optimistic Isaiah of eight years ago we have, for our 
perusal, the lamentations of Jeremiah. 

"There will come, some day, a glad reaction, and we will forget these 
sad days of depression." 

Under the Arkansas Review we read: — 

"That same interest is what affects official elections. I have been 
present when men were elected to office not only in the Chapter, but in 
other Masonic bodies. 

"The system in vogue in foreign Grand Chapters, to have the Grand 
Committee practically handle the elections to office, has its good points." 


Canada at Hamilton receives pleasant notice. He recounts 
the number of distinguished Masons present, refers to our 
history and traditions, to our revised Ritual, to our sumptuous 
repast, the address of the Honourable W. G. Martin, and of 
our Review he kindly and generously says : — 

"P.G.Z. Ponton, Historian and Reviewer, starts with a page or two 
'Analytical Index of Topical Subjects/ and writes a splendid Report. He 
sets forth apt, lengthy quotations, gives us humorous stories, speaks of 
women, church, banquets, etc. It is a delight to peruse it. The thought 
comes to me what patience, investigation, effort, time must have been 
spent in its compilation. He has a 'flair' for poetry as he quotes much 
of it. Allen will have to look after his poetical laurels." 

Under Wyoming he says that generally everyone is "on 

the job". 


D. Bruce Stuart, Grand High Priest. 

D. Rufus Cheney, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-third Convocation was held in Portland, 
April 10, 1933. 

The G.H.P. of Washington received fitting welcome. 

From the G.H.P.'s message we take the following ex- 
tracts : — 

"We meet to review the work of one of the most trying years we have 
yet experienced. To-day that year is ended — a difficult transitional 
year; a year requiring courage to face the facts, patience to deal with 
them, and persistence to carry on. With new problems daily, and 
precedents too few, it is not strange we have all felt the burden of the 

"The mythical goddess, Pandora, bequeathed to mankind the heritage 
of Hope — the last to leave when eyes grow dim and life fades into the 

He and Oregon's Reviewer do not seem to have seen eye to 
eye, as to Officers appointed. 
He praises the G.S.: — 

"For years I have read in the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge, Grand 
Chapter and Grand Commandery, something like this : 'I desire especially 
to thank our genial and accomplished Grand Secretary for the great help 
he has been to me.' Now that tells a lot, doesn't it? And yet, it tells 

"I came into the Grand East wondering just what this paragon of a 
Grand Secretary would do to, or for, me. I found out. He did plenty. 
And every day he is doing plenty." 

He concludes with a rather "cavalier" statement: — 

"Well, while I have not flouted all ceremonies and sentimentalisms, I 
have removed all red tape and gingerbread ornaments that we might 
function rapidly and with horse sense." 

The eulogy upon the late Emanuel Northup is eloquent and 
thus concludes: — 


"I am sure as David said unto Solomon his son, so Right Excellent 
Companion Northup would say to each of us: 'Be thou Strong, therefore, 
and show thyself a man; and keep the charge of Jehovah thy God, to 
walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, 
and his testimonies, that thou mayst do wisely in all thou doest and 
withersoever thou goest.' " (1 Kings, 2:1-3) 

Membership, 6,259. Net loss, 313. 

There is quite a sum outstanding in connection with the 
Student Loan Fund, and the Fund was discontinued. 

Twelve P.G.H.P.'s were present. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not report. 

Grand Orator Fulton delivered a fine address on "The Basic 
Equilateral Triangle" in which among other things he said: — 

"Now, as I thought when I read through these, they resembled too 
much of a Jeremiah strain, and, being too much Scotch, I couldn't afford 
to waste the tears to irrigate lamentations. 

"I have here, a little bit of philosophy I should like to read for your 
benefit as well as the incoming Grand Officers and others. It comes from 
Edgar A. Guest, quite a poet in his way, and certainly human. He 
says, 'I conclude that my duty is to be the best I can, that is my job. I 
can do it well or neglect it. I can go at it whole-heartedly or half- 
heartedly; neatly or sloppily. I can give some thought to it, or I can 
trust wholly to luck or chance. I can be a good citizen or a bad one, but 
whichever choice I make, my name will be signed to the result. 

"The most perfect form known to geometry, the circle. This we know 
as the Circle of Perfection. It is very seldom that these sides are so 
equally developed as to make it a circle. 

"Laws have been made, social laws, for the protection of the person, 
for the protection of the straight-thinking against the crooked, to defend 
his person and his good name, which in most cases the law does. 

"These are some of the attributes that Masonry stands for. It con- 
tains nothing, not a tenet at which anyone can take offense unless he be 
blinded by ignorance, intolerance and bigotry." 

Rules for the examination of visitors were passed. 

Percy R. Kelly was elected G.H.P. 

The G.H.P. of Washington in his address said : — 

"I shall go home, knowing that I have visited the entire roster of 
Chapters of the Jurisdiction of Washington, individually in their own 
homes. If you want to examine people in any manner, or find out what 
kind of a man or a Mason he is, visit him in his own home." 

John G. Mcintosh represents Canada, and Oregon is repre- 
sented by John G. Gardiner, of Smiths' Falls. 

The accomplished Reviewer, Walter 0. Haines, says in his 
Foreword : — 

"The Golden Rule was abolished in business dealings and the spirit of 
the years of material prosperity was to get money regardless of the way 
in which it was acquired. Sound business principles were disregarded 
and to-day we are paying the price. 

"In fraternal business it was get the members regardless, to a great 
degree, of the fitness of petitioners. We are slowly learning the lesson 
but even now we find some who would reduce the fees for degrees and 


make the statement that any one who has become a Master Mason 
should be a Royal Arch Mason. 

"One of the greatest abuses in the Masonic Bodies is that of the 
appointive power of the presiding officers. Some jurisdictions have so 
amended their laws that the lowest elective office is filled by ballot from 
the floor of the body and no appointive officer can be advanced. Others 
accomplish the same result in other ways and it is our observation that 
taken as a whole, better results are obtained. Grand Bodies may make 
mistakes at times but at least official favoritism is abolished. 

"The number of criticisms of 'MASONIC EXCRESCENCES' is in- 
creasing year by year. Not that there is any objection to the aims or 
objects of such bodies but upon the ground that there should be no 
organizations demanding Masonic membership as a prerequisite that are 
not subject to Grand Lodge authority. 

"There is plenty of room within the Masonic Bodies for all the activi- 
ties necessary. If the energy expended on these outside interests were 
applied to purely Masonc affairs much of the present apathy and indif- 
ference would be quickly dissipated." 

He says under Alberta the wearing of Templar Uniforms or 
Regalia in Chapter was not even thought of. 
Canada at Hamilton was fraternally reviewed. 
Of Grand Z. Price's address and work he says: — 

"The Grand Z. gave a full record of his year's work. He was a good 
visitor and gave much attention to this activity. 

"We find copy of a telegram on behalf of our Grand Chapter, to the 
Grand Chapter of Canada, extending best wishes for their Annual. 

"I observe that some Chapters pay from forty to eighty dollars a 
Convocation. Far too high, and should be thoroughly investigated. 

"We wish we could give you their Report on the Condition of Capitu- 
lar Masonry in its entirety. It is outstanding and well worth reading." 

This Reviewer extends his thanks for his appreciation: — 

"A careful reading shows that he has garnered the best from each 
of the Proceedings covered and enriched the quotations by wise and 
friendly comment. 

"For his kindly Review we extend our hearty appreciation and wish 
our 'Companions could read it as we have done." 

He likes Quebec. This from one of his comments : — 

"And his idea of who should be officers in a Chapter is correct. We 
too often advance those who have but little standing in the community 
and lack ability as well." 

From his conclusion we take this wide-horizoned com- 
ment : — 

"More and more we are being convinced that Reviews have been and 
are the greatest force for uniformity in laws and procedure in the Ma- 
sonic Jurisdictions. Views expressed in comment are enlightening and 
of great information and result in the broadening of our outlook and 


Thomas N. McKee, G.H.P. 

Thomas McConnell, Jr., Grand Treasurer. 

Joseph E. Quinby, Grand Secretary. 


Eight P.G.H.P.'s were duly honoured in the Grand East, 

Quarterly Communication, March 3, 1932. 

Samuel Shaw faithfully represented Canada, 

Distinguished visitors from Nebraska, West Virginia and 
York, Mexico, were welcomed. 

Membership, 59,077. Net loss, 1,681. 

The Royal Arch Degree was exemplified. 

Quarterly Communication, June 2, 1932. Same Officers 

The lamented death of M. Ex. Comp. Swetland was an- 
nounced. We copy the following wonderful tribute to this 
lovable character, In Memoriam: — . 

"Calm in demeanor, he was nevertheless keen to the joys of his fra- 
ternal life, blest with sound judgment and of sterling character and in- 
tegrity, one who could 'put out to sea' and though the 'flood may bear 
him far' could meet his 'Pilot face to face.' In his daily experience, 
associates tell us, that, like Isaiah of old, 'he placed the value of a man 
above gold,' for there are many who can testify to his kindliness, gener- 
osity and spirit of self-sacrifice in the service of his fellowmen. 

"Mild and loving in disposition, with excellent skill in expression, 
endowed with fine discriminating legal ability and unselfish devotion to 
his clients, he was respected by his townsmen and highly regarded by 
the members of the legal profession throughout the State. In testimony 
of this many members of the Judiciary and legal fraternity as honourary 
pallbearers gave mute evidence of their esteem." 

A favoured phrase : "Grand Chapter closed in peace." 

Quarterly Communication, September 8, 1932, at which 
interesting business was transacted. 

Quarterly Communication, December 8, 1932. 

Grand Chapter was honoured by the presence of dis- 
tinguished Companions from the Grand Lodge, from Rhode 
Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Ohio, 
Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Canada, Delaware and 
West Virginia, an array of Royal Craftsmen seldom equalled 
in any Jurisdiction. 

Charles H. Weaver was elected G.H.P. 

All the distinguished visitors addressed Grand Chapter. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Annual Communica- 
tion was held December 27th. (St. John's Day), 1932. The 
G.H.P. addressed Grand Chapter in a splendid address from 
which space only permits the following extracts : — 

"Not a single ripple of dissatisfaction has come to my attention. So 
diligently have the officers of Subordinate Chapters studied the Consti- 
tution and intelligently interpreted and enforced its provisions that I 
have not been called upon to render any decisions. 

"In this age, with its amazing tendency to glorify idleness and demand 
sustenance without service, it is a noteworthy and laudable fact that the 
Companions of Pennsylvania are pressing forward. 


"I have absented myself from my office and business 194 days, and 
travelled 35,427 miles by automobile and railroad. Friendships formed 
in the broadened perspective of life." 
Of his visit to Canada he says : — 

"February 24, I attended the Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada, in Hamilton, Ontario. On arrival I found splendid 
apartments reserved for me at the Royal Cannaught Hotel, and every 
provision made for my comfort while in the city. The reception in Grand 
Chapter, where Grand Honours were formally given, was most cordial, 
and only exceeded by the warmth of friendship exhibited by the Com- 
panions throughout." 

Of visits to other Grand Bodies : — 

"We have a common objective, and, although our methods of approach 
necessarily are somewhat different, the encouragement and inspiration 
engendered by these contacts are highly beneficial and appreciated." 

Of one of his visits on May 12th he speaks of a gathering 
of 15,000 members of the Craft, with a military escort of 
5,000 men: — 

"This was one of the greatest gatherings of Free Masons ever 
assembled, and the occasion an epoch in the history of the Craft." 

His conclusion is in every way worthy: — 

"Thus the story is writ. Whatever success or failures attended this 
administration is recorded, and the book is about to be closed, but before 
doing so let me remind you, my Companions, that the future holds much 
in store, and thereby throws down a challenge — a challenge we must 

"The unfortunate and increasingly used phrase 'There ought to be a 
law' has goaded obliging legislators on from time to time until now, 
according to apparently reliable authority, more than one out of every 
ten of our population is on the public payroll and one out of every 100 
is on the Federal pension list. 

"Let us use our influence by daily precept and example in bringing 
about better conditions, and, possibly, the use of a new phrase, 'There 
ought not to be a law.' A man of note once said, 'produce the occasion 
and I will produce the man.' The occasion is here, and I speak advisedly 
when I say the members of our Royal Craft are the men." 

G.H.P. Weaver addressed Grand Chapter: — 

"In times like these men need the sympathetic companionship of their 
fellows. Carefully planned programmes will keep your Chapters alive. 

"Now we are on trial. Let us not falter. 

"Build together during the coming year a better Temple and charac- 
ter within ourselves, making a stronger morale show forth, that will 
insure good citizenship and a lasting friendship, and 'more stately man- 
sions for the soul." 

The Report on Correspondence is divided among the mem- 
bers of the Committee. 

Under Scotland, we note a quotation showing- that Sir 
Walter Scott was a Mason, having been entered March 2, 1801, 
in Edenburg Lodge, No. 36. 

He says in his California Review that we must just "keep 
plugging away." 


To John M. Core, P.G.H.P., fell Canada. 

He notes the presence of our distinguished visitors, among 
them Pennsylvania, and the absence of M. Ex. Comp. Moore 
and this Reviewer through illness. He speaks of Walter G. 
Price's interesting' address and has this to say of the District 
Superintendents : — 

"Reports of the District Superintendents are very complete, and show 
great care and attention ibeing given to the Chapters throughout the 

Of this Reviewer he kindly speaks: — 

"The report of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence is, as usual, 
by W. N. Ponton. We have long given up trying to say how much we 
appreciate -his reviews. Each year he gives us a most complete survey 
of Capitular Masonry throughout the world." 

Of the Obituary Report of Illinois he speaks in gracious 
terms of highest praise : — 

"The Obituary Committee report is, as ever, an epic, replete in beauty, 
comfort and sublime truth." 

Of Secretaries under Kentucky we read: — 

"(Secretaries should be social workers in the Chapter. They should 
keep in touch with individual members, and they should keep the other 
officers of the Chapter encouraged and enlightened with reference to the 
real duties of their office and the observance of the principles of the 
Order. These things are important. This not only applies to the Chap- 
ter, but to every Masonic organization." 

R. J. Reade represents Pennsylvania, a grand Jurisdiction. 


Duncan McLellan, Grand Z. 

W. W. Williamson, Grand Scribe E. 

The Fifty-sixth Convocation was held in Montreal, 22nd 
March, 1933. Five Past Grand Z.'s added dignity to the Grand 

Canada had the honour of being represented by D. Mc- 
Lellan, Grand Z. 

Congratulations and best wishes from the Grand Chapter 
of Queensland were conveyed through M. Ex. Comp. A. B. J. 

From the address of the Grand Z. the following paragraphs 
are interesting : — 

"While indulging in the hope that their experience here may stimu- 
late their zeal and inspire their devotion to a greater degree towards the 
prosperity of the Royal Craft; and may all of us, both old and young, by 
our fellowship together and in the ordinary business routine of this Con- 
vocation, catch anew the vision of a great Fraternity, animated and con- 
trolled by the royal law of Love of God and Man. 


" 'My friend shall forever be my friend 
And reflect a ray of God to me.' " 

He speaks feelingly of the death of many Companions, 
among- them Thomas Essery and W. H. A. Eckhardt. 
Under Dispensations we read: — 

"He has not served as Worshipful Master of a Craft Lodge. It is my 
considered opinion that this Constituent requirement is neither sound in 
principle nor effective in practice, for I have observed more than one 
Companion whose record as Master of a Symbolic Lodge served only to 
prove his incapacity; and yet such a one stands qualified in the eyes of 
our Constitution, while on the other hand a Companion who is not a Past 
Master, but yet who may have proved his worth to the satisfaction of his 
Chapter will require a special dispensation from the Grand Z. before he 
can be installed as First Principal." 

He thus generously describes his visit to us: — 

"My last visit to other Jurisdictions was made on February 21 to the 
Grand Chapter of Canada. I was accompanied by the Grand Scribe E. 
and the privilege of meeting many old time friends in my native Prov- 
ince, made the occasion one of rare pleasure. Our official reception by 
Comp. Haentschel was the essence of gracious cordiality and quickened 
the feelings of natural affection we have for our Mother Grand Chapter." 

And generally with his journeyings we read: — 

"I have been impressed, as never before, with the unifying power of 
our gentle Craft, with its friendship and fellowship, the high and holy 
mission that inspires its purposes and the unquenchable hope that burns 
brightly amid life's dark vicissitudes, uniting us all in faith and destiny." 

He thus concludes: — 

"I am fully persuaded that from this chastening experience will 
emerge a finer faith, a truer appreciation of the values of life and a 
higher conception of Masonry. 

" 'Men learn of God through Beauty. We Builders who 
Hold Beauty in our fingers have the key. 
We could create it only as we loved enough. 
We chose God as our partner: He chose us. 
So was this Cathedral builded stone on stone, 
Each carved with the beauty of a soul and God.' M 

Membership, 3,523. Net decrease, 230. 

The Committee on the State of the Order report : — 

"A high standard of efficiency is general among the officers of the 
various Chapters. All the Chapters were visited. 

"We acknowledge that we can only strive towards perfection here 
below. The members of the committee, in the light of their individual 
and collective experience, are satisfied that conscientious efforts are being 
made by those enrolled under its banners to justify the existence of our 
Order, which is fundamentally the raising of the individual to a more 
noble consciousness of our destiny." 

Rev. Comp. Allan P. Shatford was elected Grand Z. 
An old friend, Edward B. Brown, K.C., of Toronto, repre- 
sents Quebec and has done so for many years. 


Foreign Correspondence is in the capable hands of W. J. 
Edwards and Henry Willis. From the preliminary remarks we 
quote : — 

"Yet over against this there is in almost every Jurisdiction abundant 
evidence of that buoyant spirit of hopefulness and confidence, of awak- 
ened interest on the part of individual Companions, which leads us to 
believe that better days are not far distant." 

Canada at Hamilton is reviewed with brotherly feeling. 
He recounts our dedications, our exceptnonally sound finances 
and the fact that Klondike Chapter of the Yukon had five 
exaltations during the year. 

The Report on Capitular Masonry he says is worthy of 
thoughtful reading. He very generously calls this Reviewer's 
Report another masterpiece of Capitular Review. We only 
wish to show our Companions in Ontario and the Yukon that 
we are doing our best, and that "Canada" is appreciated. 


Aimer Robert Orme, Grand Z. 

F. H. Reilly, Regina, G.S.E. 

Of Grand Z. Orme this is said: — 

"His little unrecorded acts of kindness, those meetings after which a 
wearied brother walks on with quickened step and lightened heart, those 
Masonic benevolences bringing cheer and comfort to the needy, known 
but to the few, and that only by chance. 'Such is Companion Orme." 

The Tenth Annual was held in Regina, February 15, 1933. 
Seven Most Excellents were present. Distinguished visitors 
from Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia were duly wel- 

Canada's Grand Representative not present. 
From the address of the Grand Z. we quote: — 

"Again we meet to renew acquaintances, to be refilled with enthusiasm, 
and, in the guidance of mutual counsel, to plan for the coming year. 

"We do not stand alone; our handicaps are common to the whole 

"0 face to face with trouble, 
Friend I have often stood, 
To learn that pain hath sweetness, 
To know that God is good. 
Arise and meet the daylight, 

Be strong and do your best, 
With an honest heart and a childlike trust, 
That God will do the rest." 

He acknowledges the invitation of Canada. 

His policy is thus expressed: — 

"My policy has been one of encouragement rather than achievement, 
stressing the need for tolerance and sympathy and looking forward with 


hope ; in the meantime striving to maintain the interest and attendance of 

Of G.S.E. Reilly he says :— 

"He was more than a tower, he was a lighthouse." 

He acknowledges communications from our own Edwin 

F. B. Reilly was the sitting Grand Master of Grand Lodge. 

The Grand Superintendents all reported well. 

Membership, 2,375. Net loss, 170. We regretfully read 
that this leaves the membership 112 less than when they 
started ten years ago. 

A rather discouraging report of conditions is thus illus- 
trated : — 

"The year 1932 has been filled with "Anxious Days." The great indus- 
try of our province, agriculture, is generally considered on the verge of 

There is still hope, however, as they quote: — 

"The fellow who never surrenders, 
And is taking things as they come, 
Who never says 'quit' and exhibits grit, 
When the whole world's looking glum." 

The following motion was adopted : — 

"That the 'Committee be instructed to refrain hereafter from recom- 
mending for past rank each or any Grand iSuperintendent who fails to file 
his reports with the Grand Scribe E. as required by, and within the date 
provided by, the Constitution." 

The Committee on Education say: — 

"As a guide and possible assistance, a number of Companions prepared 
a synopsis 1 of a number of the above subjects, which when received were 
mimeographed and sent out to the various representatives." 

Arthur S. Gorrell represents Canada, and Bernard Cairns 
represents Saskatchewan. 

The following is among the approved rulings: — 

"The word 'Territory' means as the crow flies (airline measurement), 
and not the location of the particular Lodge in which an applicant 

The Education Committee reprint two striking articles on 
the Mark Master Degree, from one of which we quote : — 

"Literally an Honourary Degree means 'something conferred as an 
honour on those who have proven themselves meritorious in the practice 
of their profession. Something, which is not expected to bring much 
practical benefit to the recipient.' 

"There is a passage in the book that we find on the Altar of every 
Lodge: 'He that striveth for Mastery is self-controlled in all things.' Self- 
control is the purpose of apprenticeship. The control of hand and eye and 

There is also an appealing chapter on the Most Excellent 
Master Degree, ending with the following verse: — 


"But when at length the pyramid had grown 
In terrace upon terrace, to the sky, 
Lo, naught could fill the summit's vacancy 

Till there was placed, majestic and alone, 

Head of the corner, the rejected stone." 

An explanation of the twelve tribal banners is interesting. 

We quote from F. B. Reilly in the Correspondence Review 
these words: — 

"There is an increasing call for leadership, yet the need of good fol- 
lowers is not overlooked. A more charitable feeling towards the Com- 
panions who can't pay their dues is growing, and more attention is being 
given to education. While numerical strength has decreased, the Royal 
Craft has made important gains in the enduring traits, vision and 
sympathy, vitality and companionship. " 

Canada at Hamilton is reviewed in friendly fashion, the 
Reviewer saying: — 

"The Grand Z. reviews briefly the three-quarters of a century during 
which the Grand Chapter had been working, years crowded with progress 
unparalleled in the records of the world. 

"The moral, social, physical and spiritual welfare of the individual 
has been fostered and guarded, through the invigorating companionship 
of the many. It has helped to rear leaders. 

"This is evidenced by the turn of attention to literature, art, educa- 
tion and science. Never, perhaps, has there been so much reading done 
as during the past two or three years. 

"We wish we had space to quote more from this one of the healthiest 
and most optimistic addresses we have read. Nor was the Grand Z. 
idle in other ways. 

"The Committee on Condition present a splendid, healthy report. We 
quote only one sentence as a sample, 'Royal Arch Masonry to-day stands 
upon solid ground and the most vital in its potentiality and influence.' 

"Companion Ponton presents again his comprehensive, entertaining 
and refreshing review, Saskatchewan being very kindly and generously 

On the inside of the cover as usual, we find a short article 
on Saskatchewan's assets, this time the Minerals of Mother 


The Earl of Cassillis, Grand Z. 

Sir John Watson, Depute Grand Z. 

George A. Howell, Grand Scribe E. 

The Annual Convocation was held in Edinburgh, 21st 
March, 1933. 

C. C. Nisfoet was again the Installing Grand Principal and 
his address was full of eulogy for the Grand Z. 

Congratulatory cablegrams were read from Malta and from 

The business concluded with the following : — 


"There being no further business, the Hymn of National Prayer, 
'Lord, while for all mankind we pray,' was sung to the tune of 'St. Paul,' 
and Supreme Grand Chapter was closed in ample form." 

At the Banquet Masonic Jewels were worn but not Regalia. 

The First Grand Principal proposed the royal toast : — 

"In the course of my recent tour in the Mediterranean I was exceed- 
ingly struck by the admiration which everyone expressed for the most 
gracious speech which His Majesty made on the wireless on Christmas 
Day. I think that in itself has acted as a bond of union, which is of 
great help in these times. 

"The First Grand Principal said, 'Companions, I now ask you to drink 
to the toast of 'The Queen, The Duke of Rothesay, and The Royal 
Family.' " 

To the toast to the Imperial Forces General McLachlan re- 
sponded. We make the following extracts: — 

"Well, we have had the Conference on Disarmament sitting in 
Geneva for some months past, and really, when you get down to bed- 
rock, the only nation which has done anything practical in the way of 
disarmament is Great Britain. We have reduced not only our Army but 
also our Navy, that Force 'upon which, under God's Providence, the 
safety of this realm doth chiefly depend.' I do not for an instant suggest 
that we did anything wrong in making these reductions. We made a 
noble gesture; we set a splendid example to the rest of the world, but 
nobody followed it. We acted and they talked. Well, perhaps you can 
hardly blame them, because the present state of affairs in Europe is not 
too happy. 

"You can hardly expect the tender plant of Disarmament to thrive in 
such a soil. However, luckily there are two or three good reasons why the 
prospects of war on the Continent of Europe are not so likely, nor the 
dangers to peace in Europe so great, as they appear at first sight; and 
the first one is this — in Germany the tradition and history of war has 
always been scientific and not sentimental. Germany has never gone to 
war yet without very careful preparation, and Germany to-day is a very 
different Germany, from the point of view of preparation, from the 
Germany of 1913-14. At the present moment it is very unlikely that 
Germany will go to war with that danger of Soviet Russia on the east of 
them. Self-interest is perhaps the greatest factor in foreign affairs, and 
self-interest alone might possibly bring these two nations to a diplomatic 
bridging of even so deep a gulf as the Polish Corridor." 

The Lord Provost of Perth in an eloquent address said: — 

"One instance that made a deep impression upon me shortly after 
the war was the consideration of a request for help from the widow of a 
German, resident in Germany. Her husband, who had joined a Royal 
Arch Chapter in Scotland prior to the war, had been deported at the 
close of the war. When he died he had left his widow and family penni- 
less. The Benevolent Committee, satisfied that the facts stated were 
accurate, swept aside all national feelings of enmity and prejudice, and 
with the utmost goodwill gave that woman substantial assistance. That, 
to my mind, was evidence of the true spirit of brotherhood which was 
depicted by our National Bard when he wrote — 
" 'For a' that, and a' that, 

It's comin' yet for a' that, 
That man to man, the warld o'er, 
Shall brithers be for 'a that.' " 


A most interesting" account was given of his many visita- 
tions abroad to Jerusalem and Ismailia, but one or two extracts 
must suffice: — 

"It was a small meeting but very enthusiastic, and I agreed with the 
remarks of an English Companion, who said that while the Craft con- 
cerned itself chiefly with the Brotherhood of Man, the Royal Arch con- 
cerned itself chiefly with the Fatherhood of God. 

"Next day I left for Ismailia, 

"During our stay in Jerusalem, Mr. Gordon, of the Jewish Agency, 
kindly took us round and gave us a very good, general idea of the city. 
It was the Jewish Sabbath, and it was interesting to see the very strict 
way in which they were keeping it — motoring and cigarette-smoking were 
both forbidden. One was somewhat prepared for this, owing to one's 
upbringing. They certainly keep God's ordinances. 

"I am not going to draw any lessons — perhaps I may have an oppor- 
tunity of doing so at future meetings — but when one saw members of 
different races and different creeds (Christians, Moslems, and Jews) 
coming together, worshipping the same God and joining in our cere- 
monies, it shows you what we ought to be striving for — the essential 
unity of the whole human race." 

Peter MacAuslan proposed the toast to the City of Edin- 
burgh, incidentally saying: — 

"One of my sons died under your command in France. And when I 
see that beautiful tribute which the American nation has placed in 
Princes Street Garden, that youthful person looking up to the old grey 
battlements of the Castle, I think of the man who wrote those beautiful 
words — 

" 'They shall not grow old 

As we who are left grow old, 
Age cannot dim them, 
Nor the years condemn.' 
" 'They shall mount up with wings as eagles.' " 
To this Lord Provost Thomson of Edinburgh, responded: — 

"Again, we were groused at about the flood-lighting of the Castle. I 
told some people then, 'Look at it! We are not simply lighting up stone 
and lime; we have lit up there for you and the people of this country to 
see the history of Scotland, at least a bit that played a very important 
part in the history of Scotland.' When I think of these grousers — or 
critics perhaps I should call them — I think of some lines of Kipling, 
where he says — 

" 'Stand to your work and be wise — certain of sword and pen, 
Who are neither children nor Gods, (but men in a world of men.' 
"We must make sure that this country and the spirit of our manhood 
and womanhood and the hope of the children that are growing up, survive 
to illumine happier days. Double the Fleet and give trade a chance. 
Shipbuilding has always preceded our prosperity. Eat more fish — you 
can then replace your effete drifters and your worn-out trawlers, and 
remember the services of the men who patrolled these wild Northern 
seas, and the simple homes where the essentials of greatness are never 
forgotten, where 'the public school spirit,' as it is called across the 
Border, is the heritage of every fisherman and shepherd Scot, where the 
grand simplicities of action, the word pledged on the Sacred Law trans- 
late the commonest of deeds into acts of heroism and duty. In those 


Provinces, in those Districts from the far North to Galloway on the 
south-west, from the Isles of the Hebrides to the Borders, in their dis- 
tinctiveness, in their individuality, in their communion here, we have 
expressed the spirit of a people which realizes that greatness is in its 

The closing of the meeting is recorded as follows: — 
"The First Grand Principal, in bringing the proceedings to a close, 

said, 'Well, Companions, I give you the last toast, "Happy to meet, sorry 

to part, hoping to meet again." ' 

"The toast having been duly honoured, the Companions circled round 

the hall, and in the 'Brotherly Chain,' with the old handclasp, sang 'Auld 

Lang Syne,' and the Festival was brought to a close in time-honoured 

fashion with the singing of the National Anthem." 

The Foreign and Colonial Committee reported as to 


"That under no system of jurisprudence or ethics, Masonic or other, 
could such a manoeuvre find a place, and whatever tolerance, through the 
exercise of Masonic charity, may be exhibited to the organization which 
was so formed, such cannot extend to the creation or admission of a title 
of right which has not a vestige of sound foundation to rest upon; 

"That among equals in qualification majority in numbers must Jbe the 
determining factor; to maintain otherwise would be to countenance the 
subordination and sacrifice of the greater to the less, a thing repugnant 
to all well ordered opinion in every sphere of human action; 

"That the request for recognition as the 'Supreme' authority in New 
South Wales, now put forward to this Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chap- 
ter with the avowed object of depriving the majority of the Royal Arch 
Masons there of the elementary privileges and rights of this Order, after 
failure to solve differences with the majority of Chapters in the area, 
cannot receive countenance." 

The next pamphlet is almost entirely devoted to the names 
of Grand Office Bearers, among them the most distinguished 
families of Scotland are represented. 

A fine portrait of the Earl of Cassillis adorns the Proceed- 

A list of the constituent Chapters and their Principals 
follows, covering nearly 120 pages, and a list of Grand Royal 
Arch Chapters all over the world is also included. 

A memorandum relating to the position of Royal Arch 
Masonry in New South Wales is published separately. 

The following is the closing paragraph: — 

"The suppliant of Reason in the appeal made to us is extra judicially 
a believer in the effectiveness of a sub rosa hint to the Masonic World 
that where a just cause cannot be tabled and domestic peace asserted, 
irresponsible methods, insulting to those asked to use them, are justified." 

The numerical statistics appear to be as follows : — 

"The number of Chapters in New South Wales is approximately 216, 
classified as follows: — District of Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland, 139. 
Local Grand Chapter, 76. Irish Constitution, 1." 

A. J. Campbell represents Canada, and W. H. Wardrope 
represents Scotland. 



Joseph E. Hart, Grand High Priest, 

0. Frank Hart, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-first Annual was held in 
Columbia, April 19, 1933. Ten Past G.H.P.'s honoured Grand 

William W. Wannamaker faithfully represented Canada. 

Membership, 3,041. Loss, 653. 

From the Grand High Priest's all too brief address we take 
the following: — 

"I am not unmindful of the terrific stress and strain we are all living 
under at the present time due to the well-nigh complete upset of our 
normal business lives. The affairs of this Grand Body are similar to your 
own private affairs. Its income has been materially reduced and its funds 
are tied up in banks now in the hands of conservators. 

"While death has again taken many Companions from our ranks we 
can be thankful that our official family has been spared?" 

Why the distinction ? 

"Mileage should be paid each representative, Officer and Past Grand 
Officer present at this Grand Convocation when and if funds now in bank 
become available for this purpose. 

"I do not think the Chapters are dead but they are sound asleep. 
When they awake things will soon right themselves." 

Joseph E. Hart was re-elected G.H.P. 

We note that the honoured name of the late Henry T. 
Smith still is quoted as Grand Secretary of Canada. Edwin 
Smith is his brother. 

James H. Little represents South Carolina. 

George T. Harmon again presents his admirable and con- 
centrated Reviews of the doings of the various Jurisdictions of 
the world. 

This from British Columbia: — 

"If Capitular Masonry has nothing of interest to offer to its members 
beyond mere degree work, we are of the opinion that such repetition of 
degree work will not ultimately hold them at any time." 

This from California: — 

"The well-known phrase, 'Let's Get Associated/ is being aptly applied 
to Royal Arch Masonry in this State." 

Canada at Hamilton receives favourable notice. We 
quote: — 

"Distinguished visitors were present from Minnesota, Michigan, New 
York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alberta and Quebec. An entire page is 
required to list their names and titles. Such visitation is indicative of the 
fine fraternal spirit that prevails among our Northern Companions. 

'^Seventy-fifth Anniversary. We share the commendable pride that is 

"We note that two new Chapters were consecrated and six Chapter 
rooms were dedicated during the year. One new Chapter was instituted. 


This is indicative of unusual progress during these days of depression. 
"Companion Ponton furnishes us with another interesting review of 
Capitular Masonry as its broad-horizoned study, and general reference 
to the world of thought, speech and action, And we can testify that his 
work measures up to the highest standard of analytical and reportorial 
achievement. iSouth Carolina gets nearly six pages of Companion Pon- 
ton's time and thought." 

We read under England: — 

"The first pamphlet contains the reports of committees, and we note 
that five new Chapters were constituted. This does not look like depres- 
sion in England, and we are impressed with the optimism and courage of 
these Companions. 

"Attending the two hundredth anniversary of Freemasonry in 
Pennsylvania. It was our privilege to fellowship with these Companions 
while we were in Philadelphia together, and we heartily endorse their 
glowing report of the hospitality that was showered upon us. Lord 
Cornwallis assured them that the heart of America was very strongly 
tied to England at the present time, and 'they felt their troubles were 
ours.' " 


James H. Epps, Jr., Grand High Priest. 

T. E. Doss, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Third Convocation was held in Nash- 
ville, January 25, 1932. Thirteen P.G.H.P.'s were honoured. 

Distinguished visitors from Mississippi and Alabama were 

The lineaments of G.H.P. Epps bespeak youth and de- 

From his address we take the following-: — 

"There are many reasons that might be assigned for the present 
condition, including the inability of a great many Chapters to get a 
quorum for their meetings, and a lack of proficiency in the Ritualistic 
work. We are interested in both the cause and the remedy. The present 
depression is largely beyond our control, and the same may be true of 
the quorum difficulty. However, I am convinced that any inability to do 
the work may be remedied." 

Membership, 8,756. Net loss, 1,264. 

The Memorial Loan Fund has benefited forty-eight 
students, total grants being $3,620.00. 

Comp. Comstock's Historical Report closes: — 
"The graveyards of the past. This work becomes of deeper interest 
as it progresses, and it is worth while to endeavour to preserve and per- 
petuate not only the accomplishment along Masonic lines which have 
characterized a century and a half of Tennessee history, but also to pre- 
serve for posterity a faithful record of those devoted Craftsmen who 
have made it possible." 

The Educational Committee report concludes thus: — 
"There are times when the labours of the Educational Committee are 
pleasant. There are other times when these same labours are clothed 


in rags and tatters, shorn' of any satisfying results. In such times one 
does not know which way to turn. 

"The Subordinate Chapters need a definite task. The forces of educa- 
tion in our State need a definite champion. The result — more interest in 
the Chapters, and more interest in the public school." 

John H. C. Woodward represents Tennessee and Canada is 
represented by J. Leonard Wood. 

The Capitular Review is in the capable hands of P.G.H.P. 
Walker, who says in his introduction: — 

"However, when we consider that the gains were in the Provinces of 
Canada and other foreign countries, must we admit that the Com- 
panions of the United States are less efficient, or take their Masonry less 
seriously than do our worthy Companions abroad? Think on these 

"All Secretaries should be as good as the best. In the main, Capitular 
Masonry is in the hands of capable Companions, who are both thinking 
and doing, and as the Grand Reviewer of California put it, 'A healthy 
task gives Jeremiahs no time to mope.' Our future is as bright as we 
make it." 

He favourably reviews Canada, reporting regarding the 
Grand Z.'s address: — 

"He alluded to the peace, harmony and good will existing between 
Canada and the United States in very beautiful words. 

"The interest we have had in a powerful institution have contributed 
in no small degree to a solid brotherhood. 

"Grand Z. pays a great tribute to the thinking and working Masons 
of to-day. 

"Grand Z. emphasized the importance of frugality, and suggested 
fewer banquets until times are better. This is a splendid idea. Let us 
practice in organized bodies what we have had to practice as individuals." 

He kindly calls our Report a very able Review. 


A. E. McClanahan, Grand High Priest. 

Thomas Earl Doss, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred .and Fourth Convocation convened at 
Nashville, January 23, 1933. Thirteen G.H.P.'s graced the 
Grand East. 

Canada was represented by H. W. Goodloe. 

The General G.H.P., Mississippi and Alabama, were present. 

Of visits generally he says :— 

"Certain it is that the mingling, the mixing, the fellowship, the 
brotherly contact, and the uniform courtesy were most helpful, even 
inspiring, to your Grand High Priest himself." 

He comments on letters received thus: — 

"Your Chapter should organize a Petition Committee. It should be 
composed of Companions who have a record of doing things that they 
set out to do. 

"Don't wait until 'some more convenient time' to form this Committee 
and put it to work. Do it NOW. 


"Impress upon this Committee the fact that it is delegated with the 
duty of visiting Lodges in quest of recruits; that the Lodges are the 
exclusive recruiting grounds of the Chapter. 

"Remember, Capitular Masonry needs no bolster, no prop. 

"The work is available. Opportunity is fairly shouting at you. Won't 
you answer promptly Opportunity's call? 

"Be watchful of your suspensions. Save as many Companions as 
possible. Exercise leniency when leniency is unquestionably deserved." 

Membership, 7,960. Net loss, 796. 

The Committee on Special Historic Data report: — 

"The manuscript gives evidence of long and tedious research and the 
Historian is to be commended for the zeal employed in the collection of 
so much detailed data. 

"Any part played by the Craft, as such, during periods of economic 
distress, disasters, pestilence or war should be the subject of reference. 

"The charitable tendencies of the Craft, particularly in connection 
with the Widows' and Orphans' Home, should be emphasized as a con- 
tinuing example and reminder of the duty and responsibility which is the 
privilege of the Fraternity toward the unfortunate." 

Charles A. Snodgrass was elected G.H.P. 

This from the Obituary Report: — 

"Indeed and in truth, a Mystic Builder upon the Temple of the Spirit 
Life, was advanced beyond our human ken when Jesse Thornton Spauld- 
ing passed within the Mystic Veil." 

J. J. Walker again presents the condensed Capitular Re- 

He says of the address of our Grand Z. that it is a master- 
piece and of our activities generally he thus speaks with com- 
mendation : — 

"Grand Z. made eight dedications and consecrations during the year. 
The above doesn't look like inactivity on the part of the Companions of 

"One new Chapter was instituted during the year." 

Further on he says: — 

"All Grand Superintendents gave splendid reports, covering 100 pages. 

"It is quite interesting to note that Klondike Chapter, Yukon Terri- 
tory, has had one Exaltation and two ready for the M.M. Degree, plus 
several inquiries from others. Companions, we congratulate you, you 
seem to be faring better than some sections further south." 

To our Review he is kind enough to pay this tribute: — 
"Grand Review is by Companion Ponton. I must say it is truly a 
great Review. Complete in every way, rich and interesting. If you want 
the exact condition of Capitular Masonry in all Grand Jurisdictions, get 
Canada's Review and read it. You will have it." 


W. H. Petty, Grand High Priest. 
T. M. Bartley, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-third Convocation was held at Waco, December 
5, 1932. 


E. R. Glover faithfully represented Canada. 
From the address of the G.H.P. the following extracts will, 
we hope, prove interesting: — 

"It is hoped that you younger Companions who are here for the first 
time will catch the true spirit of the occasion from the very beginning. 
Do not hesitate to ask older Masons for information as often as you 
desire such, for I assure you 'they are as willing to give as you are to 
receive instruction.' 

"Such opportunities for making real man-to-man friends are not 
offered by other organizations. 

"With an implicit and unshakable faith in the (Supreme Grand High 
Priest, 'Who doeth all things well and in Whose hand is held the lives of 
all men,' let us now proceed to the work of the Grand Chapter with 
happy thoughts of companionship and service." 

Several legal documents were executed, real estate being 
apparently a factor in Grand Chapter temporalities. 

The following among his many decisions show a current 
of progress and of thought: — 

"Held that it was not proper for a Subordinate Chapter to sponsor a 
Chapter of Rainbow Girls. 

"I received a letter from Grand Visitor, asking if the Grand Chapter 
Laws had been amended so as to permit the business of a Subordinate 
Chapter to be transacted with less than nine members of their Chapter 
present exclusive of visitors. 

"A Chapter shall not confer any of the degrees with less than nine 
Royal Arch Masons present, and shall not transact any business except 
the conferring of degrees, with less than nine of its own members 

"A Chapter may remit the dues of a member if it so desires and after 
dues have been remitted such member may be reinstated to full member- 

Of the Home he well says : — 

"It is well known throughout the Capitular world that the Home for 
Aged Masons is the outstanding achievement of this Grand Chapter." 

Several charters were arrested. 

Among his observations the following are pertinent: — 

"Our Masonic troubles are wholly internal. Seemingly, we overlook 
the big things. In our rush to excel in numbers we were successfully 
successful and enrolled member after member who 'hasn't scratched yet.' 
The fault is ours. Let us go about the job of naturalizing these Masonic 
foreigners, many of them can be converted into profitable Chapter citi- 
zens. When the proper effort of reconstruction is made and we still find 
aliens in our midst, let us be as active to provide them with passports of 
deportation as we were to receive them into our ranks. Yes, we made 
this condition. Will we accept the responsibility we created?" 

He quotes: — 

"I like the man who will speak to me 

In a cheerful tone, in a major key; 
Who will take my hand and say, hello ! 
With a merry look from a face aglow. 


"But squares himself and wades right in 
With a mind to fight it out and win; 
Who helps me stick with the fighting clan, 
I say again, I like that man.". 

Membership, 37,215. 

The Committee on the Home report: — 

"It is your Home, not ours. It is a duty you owe yourself and the 
Masons of Texas, to see and know whether we, in the management of 
your Home, are measuring up to the highest Masonic standards." 

The Fraternal Correspondence Chairman receives $400.00 

E. M. Wood was elected G.H.P. 

M.E. Comp. E. T. Malone is the Grand Representative of 
Texas. Our friends from that great State will regret to learn 
of his serious illness. 

Sam J. Helm is again the pilot of the Capitular Review, 
saying with characteristic touch in his introduction: — 

"This review is the shortest of years, and there have been few profound 
thoughts to require much space. The paucity of Masonic thoughts has 
tempted me to give ample space to two- jurisdictions, which sought to 
supply mental and Masonic pabulum to 'Companions. Routine matters 
and wails for lost members furnish the greater part of the material used 

"If King George of England should try to rig himself out like the 
king of spades or clubs, hearts or diamonds, it would not be more absurd 
than Masonic bodies trying to supply amusement parlours for men who 
are not interested in Masonry. 

"If Masonic bodies forsake Masonry and become exceedingly adept at 
amusements, Masonry will be exiled until thinking Masons take com- 
mand again. The first function of Masonic bodies is to propagate a 
knowledge of the art, both by precept and example. 

"In a nutshell, Masonry's object is to 'justify the ways of God to 
man.' Its marvellous lessons, intensely interesting to those who are 
qualified to receive them, outweigh amusements as much as the King of 
England does the king of spades. When we suggest amusements to sup- 
plant Masonic teaching, we are simply forgetting 'what's trumps.' Mary's 
little lamb has come to the Masonic school and, finding it not interested 
in study, we are trying to supply it oats and grass." 

This from the British Columbia Review: — 

"The Grand Superintendents (Grand Visitors) gave a good account 
of their activities; one of them considers the apathetic Companions as 
"sick" Masonically and urges that a Committee on the Sick minister unto 
such Masonic invalids. In the 'land of the free and home of the brave', 
there are thousands of -those invalids who are at least suffering from loss 
of Masonic appetite. 

"That one committee has seen the light is shown in the following 
sentence: 'We would hesitate to encourage the merely casual or degree- 
seeking Mason to offer himself for the Capitular Degrees.' All Com- 
panions in all jurisdictions should feel the same hesitancy." 

Canada, 1932, is well and favourably reviewed. After 
speaking of our statistics he says: — 


"Thus the G.C. of Canada was formed with jurisdiction from Nova 
Scotia west to the Pacific Ocean, and to-day the G.C. of Canada covers 
only the Province of Ontario, while separate G.C.'s flourish — daughters 
of the parent born seventy-five years ago in Hamilton. 

"Boundary line which proclaims the brotherhood of nations, the com- 
panionship of broad-minded, clear-visioned men of the New World whose 
souls soar above the hatreds, prejudices and animosities of the cannon- 
guarded, bayonet-studded boundaries of the Old World. Every day 
should be Thanksgiving Day on this continent. 

"The reckoning has come, as it has always come, and no doubt we 
shall emerge from the shades a better and more frugal race. 

"'Comp. Gardiner has written reports for several years which might 
have served well as navigation charts for the G.'C.'s of the world in 
times of calm as well as storm. 

"Good work is being carried on in all departments, even to benevo- 
lences which amount to $3,000. A few new Chapters are being organized, 
zeal and companionship are everywhere manifest. 

"The Review, a masterpiece, is again the work of Comp. Ponton, 
wearer of a Long Service Jewel. Without introduction or conclusion, he 
begins with an 'Analytical Index of Topical Subjects' and submits his 

Under England we read of a historic incident: — 

"Newspaper readers will all recall mentions of Lord Cornwallis' 
visit, particularly to the Yorktown celebration. One of his forbears 
was a General in the Revolutionary War, of course, and his surrender to 
Washington at Yorktown paved the way for recognized independence of 
the American colonies. At the celebration of Gen. Cornwallis' sur- 
render, the illustrious scion of the family was a guest, and was sur- 
prised to find that a tablet to the memory of the General was among the 
many which mark the historic spot, prompting him to say that the 
'Americans must be a generous people.' In G.C, Lord Cornwallis men- 
tioned that American hearts were still tied to those of England, and that 
the problems and difficulties of the nations were common burdens. 

"The English Mark Masters appear to do a great deal of work in 
relieving distress as well as in educating children. Prizes are offered to 
the children for proficiency in their work at school." 


Percy N. Cook, G.H.P. 
John M. Dunlap, Grand Secretary. 

The Twenty-first Convocation was held in Logan, June 13, 

John W. Neilson, General G.H.P., was welcomed and said : — 

"Meet with as many of the Companions as possible. Let us get the 
full benefit of this meeting, let us clasp hands, and let our voice ring true 
with greetings." 

Canada's Grand Representative, J. C. Brown, did not 
answer Roll Call but wrote a letter expressing- regret. 

From the address of welcome the following: — 

"We greet you with a glad 'hello' and a hearty grip, these are the first 

beginnings of comradeship. We trust the smile and the kindly hand, 

throughout this day." 


The G.H.P. gave the shortest address on record, saying" he 
was more than pleased with the manner in which the Chap- 
ters have been working. 

He records the death of a "profound Masonic student, a 
genial Companion and worth-while friend." He approves the 
consolidation of several Chapters. 

Membership, 1,218. Net loss, 48. 

The Committee on Necrology reported: — 

"He has provided for the full satisfaction of our heart's desire. And 
Masonry impressively teaches this as it beautifully symbolizes the jour- 
ney of life. It does not stop at death, but leaps the grave, and reveals an 
open door through which the Mason is to pass to a larger freedom; to 
new duties; to a clearer vision, and into conditions in which the mists 
that obscure, and the problems that puzzle us here, will have no place — 
and we shall be satisfied." 

A. D. Pinney was elected G.H.P. 

A communication from the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Ireland requests : — 

"Our withholding the mailing of copies of Proceedings account exces- 
sive duty imposed on such matter." 

John W. Neilson, General Grand High Priest made an ex- 
cellent address as usual, saying: — 

"He commented upon the report of the Grand Representative for 
Indiana wherein it was stated that they had lost one thousand members 
but were feeling good about it. He said that the Indianans are go-get- 
ters and that they never come to the Triennial Convocations of the Gen- 
eral Grand Chapter but what they go home with something. 

"He commented upon the beautiful flowers decorating the Chapter 
Hall, stating that during all his visitations he had never seen such a 
wonderful display of flowers at any of the Convocations. 

"He stated that he had travelled upwards of 30,000 miles. 

"Masonic Organizations were spending upward to twenty million dol- 
lars per year in welfare work, which does not include the assistance ren- 
dered by individuals. 

"Officers had the interest of their community at heart, they exercised 
a good influence in their community, and they are builders of the welfare 
of their community. 

"It is not the intention to make of men human phonographs, memo- 
rizing and speaking the words of the rituals. He stated that it is from 
the teaching of past experiences that we can teach the necessity of pro- 
tection of our future, that all our past proclaims our future." 

G. M. Hare, of Uxbridge, represents Utah. 
J. M. Dunlap presents an able but brief review of the Pro- 
ceedings of other Grand Jurisdictions. 

Under the Review of Wyoming the Reviewer says: — 
"There is an old adage which states that, 'Haste makes waste.' We 

might paraphrase for reason of our error and say, 'Haste causes 

errors.' " 

The Proceedings of the Royal and Select Masters are em- 
bodied with that of the Royal Arch. 



Richard T. Bunker, Grand High Priest. 

Archie S. Harriman, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Sixteenth Convocation convened in 
Burlington, 13th June, 1933. 

Canada had the honour of being represented by the Grand 
High Priest himself. 

Distinguished visitors from Quebec, Connecticut, New 
Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island gathered 
together to enjoy Vermont's hospitality. 

Nine Past Grand High Priests were honoured. 

From the address of the G.H.P. we take the following : — 

"Time, that invisible monarch, has written another page of history 
in this Grand Chapter. We have always looked toward the East with a 
smile, and tried to overcome all the obstacles. For the present year I 
think we should give a great deal of thought to the general conditions 
of our country and formulate our plans on good sound business principles. 

"In nearly every case I had an appointment to attend a meeting of a 
Subordinate Chapter in my own Jurisdiction and I felt that I should not 
disappoint them. 

"Waiving this per capita tax will cost Grand Chapter no more than 
would the loss of the member by suspension, and if waived there is a 
strong chance of retaining the Companion and of his paying his dues 
again as soon as his financial condition improves, whereas, if once sus- 
pended, the chances of his coming back are very small." 

Membership, 5,380. Net loss, 287. 

The Necrology Committee report: — 

"Again a prince has fallen in the fight, 
The valorous champion of the truth and right, 
Determined, honest, level-headed, just, 
Who broke no promise nor betrayed a trust, 
His genial face with courtly kindness beamed — 
By friend beloved, by all the world esteemed." 

A special Committee on Revision of Ritual and Floor Work 

Edward W. Curtis was elected G.H.P. 

The Officers were installed by Past G.G.H.P. Henry DeWitt 

Archie S. Harriman, Grand Secretary, submits his 9th an- 
nual Review, to which we always look forward. He comments 
thus in his introduction : — 

"Many reviews will show a sense of lack of interest in Chapter work, 
which is to be deplored. 

"These facts offer us a dark outlook on the future, but we are 
persuaded that nothing of real value in Royal Arch Masonry will really 
be lost. We believe that the Royal Craft is firmly founded upon a rock; 
that despite the apparent lack of interest there is still in the great body 
of the Craft a real and abiding interest which will bring us safely through 


all our troubles. Stand fast. The Great Depression of the Twenties and 
Thirties will pass away. Royal Arch Masonry will remain, 'the shadow 
of a rock in a weary land.' " 

Canada at Hamilton is briefly but satisfactorily reviewed, 
as are all Jurisdictions which came to his notice. We make the 
f ollowng extracts : — 

"In his address, the Grand Z. devoted a section to the birth of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada. 

"The Grand Z. has no doubt of the permanence of the Masonic 

"The Grand Z. reported that all Canadian Grand Chapters except 
Nova Scotia had adopted the ritual of the Grand Chapter of Canada. 

"Comp. Ponton's Review is submitted 'in the interest of Masonic Edu- 
cation, broad-horizoned study, and general reference to the world of 
thought, speech and action.' It is preceded by an excellent analytical 
index of topical subjects. The Review is just such as we like to read. 
The Reviewer skims the cream from every volume. He gives attention not 
alone to the address of the Grand High Priest and the business tran- 
sacted, but also, to the Reviews of other Correspondents." 

Under Florida Review we read: — 

"We introduce to our readers a word new to us, at any rate, 'motor- 
cade,' which occurs in a report of a visit of Grand Chapter to the Ma- 
sonic Home at St. Petersburg. We do not criticize its use. Its forbear on 
one side must have been 'cavalcade.' " 

This from Texas: — 

"We interpret the initials as Sam J. Helm, and the introduction gives 
us, by its pithiness, the assurance that we are correct: 

"There is much talk now of providing entertainment for members. If 
Masonry no longer entertains the unqualified members, do something else 
to entertain them. If King George of England should try to rig himself 
out like the king of spades or clubs, hearts or diamonds, it would not be 
more absurd than Masonic Bodies trying to supply amusement parlors 
for men who are not interested in Masonry. 

"In a nutshell, Masonry's object is to 'justify the ways of God to man.' 
Its marvellous lessons, intensely interesting to those who are qualified to 
receive them, outweigh amusements as much as the King of England does 
the king of spades. When we suggest amusements to supplant Masonic 
teaching, we are simply forgetting 'what's trumps.' Mary's little lamb 
has come to the Masonic school and, finding it not interested in study, 
we are trying to supply it oats and grass. Meanwhile, Comp. Ball 
observes our actions, and smiles, even grins." 

Archie S. Haven represents Canada, and Vermont is repre- 
sented by James B. Nixon, the honoured veteran of our Grand 


E. C. Young, Grand High Priest. 
James M. Clift, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Convocation convened 
in Richmond, October 25, 1932. 

The whole Proceedings are well printed by the students at 


the Masonic Home at Highland Springs and reflect credit upon 
the Craftsmen. 

Eleven P.G.H.P.'s were present. Canada was represented 
by Arthur L. Mattern. 

From the G.H.P.'s address the following: — 

"To-night I render an account of my stewardship, wherein I have 
failed, be lenient, and wherein I have accomplished any good, give credit 
to those who have so ably advised and aided me. From the sea-washed 
shores of the Eastern Shore to the sun-kissed, rolling hills and moun- 
tains of our Great Southwest, I most cordially welcome you. 

"To those unacquainted with the many problems and needs which the 
Board must face and solve and the time they must devote to the needs of 
the Home, meeting every two weeks, they should have the thanks, co- 
operation and prayers of every Mason in Virginia." 

He paid his official visits to Districts more than to in- 
dividual Chapters. 

He acknowledges the courteous invitation of Canada. 

Membership, 15,653. Net loss, 989. 

The total number of students receiving assistance is 81, 
the total amount loaned in all is $22,070. 

P. M. Shirey was elected G.H.P. 

Dr. W. J. McCollum represents Virginia. 

E. Fenno Heath, P.G.H.P., ably edits the Reviews. He says 
in his introduction: — 

"There is something new under the sun. Compiled under direction 
of Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapters of Pennsylvania a 'List of Regular 
R.A. Chapters,' throughout the world, has been published. It contains 
the names of 7,011 Chapters, and may be obtained at $1.00 per copy. 

"Grand Chapters are more favourable, than formerly to dual mem- 
bership. Several have adopted it recently and others have it under 

"When Capitular Masonry reverts to normalcy, as it will in due time, 
we are sure to be swamped with an overabundance of good things to 

Under Canada at Niagara Falls he comments on the 
absence of their Grand Representative, upon the sixteen dis- 
tinguished visitors present and the historical significance of 
the meeting place of Grand Chapter, with the following com- 
ments : — 

"During the early history of that picturesque frontier, an especial 

* i ibute was paid to the peace and amity, unbroken since 1815, existing 

stween two great branches of the Anglo-Saxon family, whose countries 

are separated by an invisible boundary line where not a frowning gun or 

a med vessel is maintained along the entire frontier of nearly four thou- 

d miles. 

"The year was one where only modest refreshments were served ; the 
( apter could not afford more, but the spirit of friendliness, thrift and 
ral good fellowship so permeated the place it made the gathering 
n morable. 


"Canada has the unique distinction of being the only Grand Juris- 
diction, whose Proceedings we have read, to date, to find something for 
Committee on Appeals and Grievances to do ; and for good measure there 
were three cases, all flagrant violations of Masonic law and dealt with 

"The Committee took ten pages to tell about the "Condition of Capi- 
tular Masonry," and after all it could be summed up in: peaceful, 
harmonious, virile, with weak spots here and there that may be overcome 
by good leadership and good secretaries. 

"To Reviewer Ponton we shall have to assign the prize for this year's 
best Review. It is informative, it is exhaustive, it is intimate; and Vir- 
ginia receives careful and courteous treatment in four pages. His offer- 
ing is surely a labour of love and if it were read by every Companion in 
the home jurisdiction we are sure it would prove an inspiration toward 
accomplishing all those objectives which enter so largely into the up- 
building of Royal Arch Masonry." 

We appreciate his kindly encouragement. 

This from the Indiana Review : — 

"After the annual dinner Grand Orator delivered a fine address on 
'Masonic Fellowship/ under three heads: 1 — It is a fine thing to seek 
occasions of coming into personal contact with one another. 2 — We should 
fix our attention steadily on what is best in other people, especially in 
those with whom we may disagree. 3— We must lend a helping hand 
whenever we have opportunity." 

Under Pennsylvania he quotes, "Be of good cheer. Let us 
so instruct the candidate that he will not wish to leave, but 
rather be anxious to stay and help". 

He is greatly struck with Scotland: — 

"Major-General McLachlan, Grand Third Principal J., responded to 
the toast 'The Imperial Forces.' Admitting hard times and necessity for 
strict economy, he emphasized the fact that an army and navy adequate 
for defense is far from being a menace to peace, in fact it is an assurance 
of peace. We commend that thought to our pacifists who would destroy 
all semblance of an army and navy in the United States." 


William P. Williams, Grand High Priest. 

Wesley C. Stone, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-ninth Convocation was opened in Wenatchee, 
May 11, 1933. The Grand Chaplain expressed these high 
thoughts in his invocation: — 

"Whose summits are clad in clouds, such is Thy mystery to us. We 
thank Thee for this revolving island in the sky, upon which we live, a 
planet in a space so vast. Since Thou hast put us in this great universe, 
let us share with Thee in labour, love and mind. Bless richly this Annual 
Convocation of Royal Arch Masons. Character is Thy reward for good- 
ness. The wages of a faithful Mason are imperishable. Our Father, we 
cannot tell how we are to be besieged, but we know that we have an inner 
citadel of integrity which cannot be taken. We trust Thee to work 
through us. Bless our relationships. We thank Thee for these intima- 
cies of life. Strengthen our loyalties and enlarge our sympathies. Open 


to us the Royal Arch Ark and give us the rod and key which unlock the 
door of life and its interpretations." 

Twenty Past Grand High Priests, the record so far, adorned 
and strengthened the Grand East. 

R. L. McCroskey duly represented Canada. 

The G.H.P. says of the Grand Secretary that his counsel 
has been timely and good. 

He speaks of the frequent interchanges between the State 
of Washington and British Columbia Chapters. 

Under Condition of the Craft we read: — 

"I believe a great number of the members that have been dropped for 
non-payment of dues were not interested. They came in with the tidal 
wave of curious joiners and are going out the same way. In years to 
come we will see a steady growth." 

"If representatives would get in touch with their Grand Jurisdiction 
they would be well repaid for their efforts. I sincerely hope that we shall 
give a little more thought to the communications received from Repre- 
sentatives from other Grand Jurisdictions." 

He ruled : — 

"That when a Companion had been dropped from the rolls of his 
Chapter for non-payment of dues and the Chapter eventually surrendered 
its Charter, if he desires to reinstate and affiliate with an active Chapter, 
then he must obtain a Certificate from the Grand Secretary to the effect 
that he has paid his back dues." 

Membership, 8,105. Net loss, 592. 

The Grand Orator delivered an eloquent address on the un- 
dying subject "Man is a Social Being". 

We read: — 

"Times have changed, and with changing conditions every organiza- 
tion faces the question as to its practical value in our day and generation. 

"Our difficulties may prove the means of our salvation, and our dis- 
couragements the stepping stone to future progress." 

R. E. Comp. Van Patten chose as his subject a "Short 
History of the Royal Arch Degrees," which is very com- 
plete : — 

"In the Latin the word 'Area' means a chest or box, and it is from 
this that we get archives; while the French word 'Arche,' means a holy 
place, and undoubtedly comes from the same root. 

"The wisdom of the ages has gone to the making of the Masonic 
institution what it is to-day, and its rootlets lie hidden under the accumu- 
lation of the wreckage of centuries. Here and there we may catch 
glimpses of these rootlets, like threads of gold shimmering for a moment 
amid the rubbish, only to be lost in succeeding generations, and eventu- 
ally to surprise us by their persistence and purity." 

George W. Sommer was elected G.H.P. 

A tribute to Mother on Mother's Day was given : — 

"Mother is the world's most precious possession. She is God's noblest 
handiwork. Without her the human race must long ago have perished 
forever. Nurtured by her tender and loving care it still lives, and is 
striving to emulate the Master. 


"No one can be so brave as Mother. No danger can swerve her from 
the call of duty; no pestilence can stay her footsteps upon an errand of 

Washington is represented by Sidney S. Forbes, of Hamil- 

Wesley C. Stone is the able Reviewer. He says : — 

"Even a brief Review is better than none at all. 'Half a loaf is better 
than no bread.' " 

"Should it be our good fortune to attend this Convocation we shall 
hope to have the great pleasure of meeting many of our contemporary 
Reviewers of the Guild and enjoying fellowship with them around the 
festive board, as is our custom." 

Under California we read: — 

"We do not despise the word leader, however we belong to an organi- 
zation that claims to be made up of Companions. Perhaps many have 
come within our gates who never found among us companionship. Often 
companionship means more to men than any thing else. * * * Leaders 
among men are rare. While we wait to find leaders, there lie at hand 
common tasks." 

He reviews Canada at Hamilton briefly, speaking generally 
and favourably of our transactions. 

This tribute to the Grand Z.: 

"His regime has been marked by a great personal activity. He seems 
to have solved the problem of perpetual motion and has established a 
record of service that should be recognized by a prominent and permanent 
tablet in the mental archives of the Companions." 

He kindly speaks of our Fraternal Review as one of the 
best and complete Reviews that have come to his office. 


John W. Mason, Grand High Priest. 

G. M. Ford, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-second Convocation was held in Bluefield, 3rd 
October, 1932, 

A fine array of fifteen P.G.H.P.'s added dignity to the 
Grand East. 

The Grand Chaplain's invocation is full of aspiration: — 

"When we think of Thy marvellous love, of this beautiful world 
which Thou hast created for our purpose, and with all its advantages and 
opportunities for doing good, we are constrained to say with the Psalm- 
ist, 'Because of Thy loving kindness our lives and our lips praise Thee.' 

"We thank Thee for this association of the best citizenship of our 
State, and as we meet in these annual convocations we rejoice in our 
fellowships. Bless this Fraternity of ours; this Fraternity that takes 
this Thy blessed word as the sheet-anchor of our faith. Help us in the 
way we should go, help us to perform our duties, and help us to be 
better, — mot to be better than some one else, but that we may be better 
than ourselves and honour Thee." 

North Carolina, Pennsylvania and the General Grand 
Chapter were welcomed. 


Fred. C. Steinbicker represented Canada. 

Bluefield welcomed Grand Chapter in these words: — 

"The great needs of a human brotherhood, the principles and the 
spirit that underlies all organized governments, and without whose sup- 
port no government can long endure. 

"We are near to the sky; there is no low life here. 

"We welcome you to our city that never looks backward. " 

Under Dispensations the G.H.P. says : — 

"In my opinion, the formation of this Chapter was not for the best 
interest of the Craft because of the present financial depression and also 
because the number of Master Masons living within what would comprise 
the jurisdiction of this new Chapter is not, in my opinion, large enough 
to support it." 

He is not enthusiastic about visitations : — 
"I do not believe that the good accomplished is commensurate with the 
cost to the Grand Chapter when many visits are made." 

But he adds: — 

"In a time of mental, financial and spiritual discouragement, great 
comfort and benefit can be derived from an expression of genuine friend- 
ship and a few words of good will extended by an organization such as 

The experienced Grand Secretary presents his thirteenth 
Report in which among other good things he says : — 

"As a result of much letter writing, the past ten years, I have secured 
from other Grand Chapters, their Proceedings, and while not all of them 
are complete, the Grand Chapter has a very valuable library." 

Membership, 10,937. Net loss, 464. 

The Grand Secretary thus concludes: — 

"As the years pass on, let us 

" 'Speak a shade more kindly, 
The night is coming on, 
When friend and when brother, 
Perchance may be gone.' " 

• The Educational Committee reported: — 

"Also I am here in spirit, which reminds me of an old Scotch woman, 
when they were having a concert m the neighbourhood to raise money 
for some institution. This old iScotch woman was sent a letter request- 
ing her to buy some tickets for the concert, and she wrote back saying she 
was sorry to not be able to "attend the concert, but she would be there in 
spirit. The committee wrote her that the tickets were a shilling and two 
shillings apiece, and they wanted to know what space her spirit would 

McKee, of Pennsylvania, in his address said: — 
"There are a very few Masonic tinkers in Pennsylvania. We have the 
Degree of Royal Arch, as we think it was inherited from England. The 
language is more nearly to that of the Royal Arch than it is in England 
to-day, that is for the accepted usages and customs of the Fraternity. 

"One of your Companions asked something about the General Grand 
Chapter. He said he didn't get much out of it. It reminds one of the 
preacher who went out to preach. The box was marked 'For the 
preacher.' It was explained that the box was for the preacher. As he 


went out he thought he would get out the amount which was in it, and he 
got 50 cents. His little granddaughter said, 'Granddaddy, if you had put 
more in you would have got more out.' We only get out what we put in, 
is an old saying, but it is true." 

John M. Cook was elected G.H.P. but subsequently to the 
regret of all, passed away, leaving Robert S. Lemon as acting 

M. Ex. Comp. Smith said: — 

"This Gaelic expression meant 'Good luck.' 

"I want to say I wish I could trace 'Dournque quaich' in the hearts of 
every one of you, so that for the balance of your lives you would have 
good luck." 

It is interesting to read this of North Carolina: — 

"North Carolina has 99%% native born citizens. We have the lowest 
percentage of foreign born citizens of any State in the Union. I have 
with me to-night a dam-yankee from New York, who is a Scotchman." 

Alexander Cowan of Barrie, is the Grand Representative of 
West Virginia. 

G. M. Ford, whose handsome features adorn the Proceed- 
ings, presents his eleventh Review, saying: — 

"Our personal views are that if we do not do something to stop the 
drain, it will be a difficult matter and each day we allow to pass makes 
the solution more difficult. 

"Why not try the idea of devoting our energies to making our meet- 
ings more attractive, not giving our thoughts to the perfection of the 
ritual and manner of conferring degrees but aim to instill into the hearts 
and minds of the Companions that ours is a real brotherhood." 

Canada at Hamilton receives his attention, with an analysis 
of our Proceedings. He says this of the Grand Scribe E. : — 

"Grand Scribe E. presents his usual fine report. Says: 
" 'If ever the time were ripe for leadership it is to-day. 
" 'We also need Companions who are willing to work.' 
"Companion Ponton furnishes the Reviews of the Proceedings of 
fifty-four Grand Chapters, also the General Grand Chapter." 

This of our Review. Thanks for the suggestion: — 

"Our good Companion does not believe in cutting down on space in his 
Reviews. Pages of the most readable reviews that it has been our 
pleasure to see. Every page full of interest. A Companion reading these 
reviews can get a fairly comprehensive idea of all that is transpiring in 
the Capitular world. 

"We would not presume to intimate any improvement on the reviews, 
but would like to suggest that Companion Ponton insert his portrait in 
front of the Reviews, as quite a few Correspondents are doing, we do like 
to see the 'other fellow/ " 

In the Review of Connecticut he quotes: — , 

"Friends, you are welcome, be at your ease, 

Get up when you're ready, go to bed when you please. 
You don't have to thank us, or laugh at our jokes ; 
Sit deep, and come often; you belong to our folks." 


And under Delaware we read: — 

"Say a cheerful word, visiting the sick is one of the best ways to 
bring sunshine to hearts that are filled with gloom. 

"Far better than to pay a bill for flowers after he is dead." 


David 0. Stine, Grand High Priest. 

William F. Weiler, Grand Secretary. 

The Eig"hty-third Convocation was held in Milwaukee, 
February 21, 1933. Twelve P.G.H.P.s strengthened the Grand 

Distinguished guests from Illinois and Iowa were warmly 

From the address of the G.H.P. we take the following: — 

"Something intangible has held us together all that time, has caused 
our numbers to increase, our influence to be felt in ever widening circles, 
our joy in fraternal companionship to continue with unabated zeal. For 
these blessings so apparent to us all, coupled with the bright prospects 
that lie ahead, let us be truly grateful to the God of our fathers. 

"Turn our eyes to the story of the past and review our progress. It 
enables us to see progress that we had long forgotten." 

Of the Triple Tau Association he says: — 

"The seed he scattered seems to have fallen on good soil. Birds did 
not devour it; the tares did not choke it, nor is there evidence that the 
soil was stony and that the sun soon withered it." 

The Chapter for Study and Research is approved : — 

"That a Chapter be formed for the limited purposes of study and re- 
search; that no degree work be permitted; that membership be by affilia- 
tion only, thus permitting dual membership; that each applicant prove 
his fitness for such a task before becoming a member; that the produc- 
tions become the property of the Grand Chapter." 

Elmer S. Owens was appointed our Grand Representative. 
G.H.P. expresses himself as not in favour of instituting new 
Chapters in small communities with doubtful outlook. 

From this paragraph we gather his opinion of De Molay : — 

"As we grow older we are apt to lose sight of the fact that there is 
still enthusiasm in the world and the touch with youth is quite as advan- 
tageous to the elders as their counsel and direction is to the youth. Each 
needs the other to supply what would otherwise be a great lack." 

Of behaviour within the Chapter he says: — 

"However interesting the recreation room may be, it was never de- 
signed to hold your attention during the hour of work. 

"Our work is chiefly in the Holy Royal Arch Degree. The descriptive 
adjectives used are sufficient to determine the rule of action. If holy, 
then a thoughtful, reverent attitude should mark our demeanor. If 
royal, then a becoming dignity should accompany our ritual and mark 
our behaviour." 


He thus closes brilliantly: — 

" 'So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the 
half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.' 

"Then he listened for the word of the Lord, and heard the voice say- 
ing, 'Speak thou to the children of Israel, that they go forward.' 

"That same word 'FORWARD' is graven as the motto on the great 
seal of the iState of Wisconsin. May it become a part of our thinking, 
graven on our minds and consciences, and thus fill our lives while we 
remain to dare and to do." 

The Committee on Obituaries report: — 

"The first law of chemistry is that nothing is destructible, but long 
before that law entered the brain of man, the Grand High Priest of the 
Ages had placed in the heart of the mortals the divine germ of 

"Oh, 'Companions, bow your heads in grief if you must, but lift your 
Eternal Soul to the iSun. Follow the pathway — it leads to the grave but 
the end is not there." 

The Employment Committee report 184 applicants placed 
in lucrative employment through them. This is Masonry in 

Grand Chaplain Sainty — surely an appropriate name — de- 
livered an inspirational address on "Our Heritage", saying: — 

"The third man present wanted to know why the Bible was still the 
best seller in literature. My answer to this was, 'Because it contains the 
germ of life and is the revelation of God's will to man.' 

"One word in our vocabulary attracts me greatly — the word 'Com- 
panion.' It is so significant, so full of meaning. Surely this is a sweet, 
gracious and lovely word. We have received much from our training in 
the Craft. Let us hand it down to them as it was handed to us. And 
what is more, let precept bow to example." 

Herbert W. Dixon was elected G.H.P. 

This verse from the Memorials: — 

"As distant lands beyond the sea, 

When friends go thence, draw nigh; 
So Heaven, when friends have thither gone, 
Draw nearer from the sky." 

William J. Wadsworth, of Toronto, has the honour to repre- 
sent Wisconsin. 

The Report on Correspondence is prepared by Grand 
Lecturer Kittsley and Grand Secretary Weiler, who say in 
their Foreword : — 

"We humbly and modestly, for the first time, knock at the door of the 
sanctum sanctorum, seeking admission to the august presence of the seers 
and sages of the round table. 

"We are quite of the opinion, that a good deal of the thought ad- 
vanced, solutions offered, is wasted as we know that education is painful. 

"It would seem to us as if we had done almost everything to attract 
men to our ranks except to put up billboard advertisements, even going 
so far as to put up cheap basement bargains in the way of lowering dues 


and fees. The matter of dues and fees is only intended for a proper and 
dignified manner of taking care of overhead expense? When our ancient 
brethren met on high hills or in low vales it was not necessary to have 
either dues or fees. In our modern civilization we have to have perhaps 

"Masonry will survive, will continue, and will overcome any and all 
of the obstacles which now worry and seem so great a menace. 

"We, as Masons, have a splendid, really wonderful Trade. Why not 
work at it? If we do, thousands of men — good and true — will be at- 
tracted to our fold, and eagerly seek admission to our time-honoured 
institution. Even in times like these there will be no dearth of 'work.' 

"Have we not overemphasized the 'brotherly love, relief and truth', 
and forgotten that to make much of these virtues we must have men like- 
minded, with tastes similar, and with mental equipment which each other 
can respect. 

"Amen. So mote it be." 

Canada at Hamilton is pleasantly reviewed : — 

"A splendid portrait of the incoming Grand Z., decked out in tuxedo 
and full Capitular regalia and jewels, graces the Proceedings. 

"The Grand Z.'s address is interesting and gives a splendid review of 
the birth of the Grand Chapter of Canada. Previous to the organiza- 
tion of this Grand Chapter, the Royal Arch Masons of Canada were 
under the jurisdiction of England and Ireland. 

"Grand iScribe E. reports on finances and says, 'Many of the Chapters 
are eating up their resources by investing in elaborate Homes or by pay- 
ing rents far beyond their incomes. I observe that some Chapters pay 
from forty to eighty dollars a Convocation. Far too high, and should be 
thoroughly investigated' ; to all of which we say, 'Amen, so mote it be.' " 

Membership, 24,288. Net loss, 1,379. 


William J. Hagans, Grand High Priest. 

Richard H. Repath, Grand Secretary. 

The Twenty-fifth Convocation was held in Sheridan, July 
11, 1938. 

In the biography of the G.H.P. we read what will appeal to 
all charged with a similar duty : — 

"While modesty and brevity are desirable attributes, in this instance 
they place the writer at a disadvantage in an endeavour to compile the 
usual biography for the use of future writers of Masonic history." 

Seven P.G.H.P.'s supported the Grand East. 

Montana and Washington were welcomed. 

We read the following regarding the place of meeting: — 

"Touching in particular upon the splendid banquet and entertainment 
in the foot-hills of the Big Horn Mountains the previous evening, and 
thanking the various committees for the accommodations provided for the 
Grand Convocation, he closed with an assurance that Sheridan had well 
upheld its standard of hospitality." 

Richard H. Repath faithfully represented Canada. We ex- 
tend our sympathy to him in the lamented death by drowning- 


of his brother and other Companions, here during the past 

The G.H.P. says in his address: — 

"In most cases if they are dropped from membership, that will be the 
end, and they will not feel very kindly toward the Chapter, and there are 
some who will not admit their inability to pay, when by taking a little 
time and effort this knowledge can be acquired. I feel that we should 
not suspend a Companion without very careful investigation and the 
conviction that he does not value his membership. 
"Let us pause in silence a moment 
As we come from near and far, 
To pay our living tribute 
To those who have crossed the bar." 

The Grand Secretary reports: — 

"Two lines of endeavour for improving conditions logically suggest 
themselves. First, a dignified campaign to secure new members, and, 
second, a sympathetic attitude toward present members unable to pay 
dues because of the prevailing economic depression, and thus stop the 
increasing drain of the life blood of constituent bodies by suspension." 

Membership, 2,051. Net loss, 63. 

Lantern slides, have been approved by the General Grand 

A collection of pennies is being made. 

Of the Dead in constituent Chapters these words : — 
"The loss of Companions who have passed within the unseen Veil to 
join that great host as members of 'The Democracy of the Dead.' " 

Action on the controversy between Scotland and N.S.W. 
was postponed. 

Carl F. Kneisel was elected G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Laurence said in his reminiscent address: — 

"All were rugged, typical men of the time, but strongly imbued with 
the Masonic spirit of Justice, Benevolence and Liberality. 

"Upon one occasion, when a resolution was presented in Grand Lodge 
relating to the admission into the Order of persons engaged in the liquor 
business, William Daley, of Rawlins, a man of powerful physique and a 
pillar of Masonry, made a few remarks, followed by that Grand Old Man 
W. L. Kuykendall, Grand Secretary, the substance of the whole being: 
Let every tub stand on its own bottom; let every man be judged by 
what he is; none of us is above censure; let the test be: Is he a man — 
will he make a good Mason? That seemed to be good law and it so 
stood. More of such men would be a blessing to the Craft to-day. 

"Companion Parshall said in substance: 'A man, woman or child can 
travel at any time, by day or night, in any part of Wyoming, with per- 
fect safety, while in Boston one can scarcely leave home after seven in 
the evening for fear of being sand-bagged.' I mention this incident to 
show the exaggerated and erroneous conception of the West then enter- 
tained by some of our eastern friends." 

Under Entertainment Notes we read: — 

"The successful entertainment of so many guests cannot be achieved 
in a haphazard manner, but calls for careful planning by committees 
willing to devote time and thought thereto." 


The late lamented Edward J. Repath represented Wyom- 

The engaging countenance of Henry G. Watson, Reviewer, 
precedes the Correspondence Report. He says: — 

"Many Grand Chapters seem to be standing by waiting to see what 
course to take to get out of the doldrums. To the writer such lack of 
action indicates that there is no leadership. There is no standing still. 
Unless we go forward we will go backward. To paraphrase an old type- 
writing exercise, 'Now is the time for all good Grand High Priests to 
come to the aid of the Chapters', start them on some course to keep them 
from drifting nowhere. 

"It sometimes seems in Capitular Masonry that there is no lack of 
leaders but that there is no army behind them to execute the manifold 
plans. Such a condition indicates a lack of organization. If some of the 
so-called 'leaders' would sacrifice their individual aspirations and take 
over some of the staff jobs the work could be better organized and the 
army of Companions might feel that they were getting ahead. 

"Give him something in simple language that he can understand. 

"The present number of Companions is 790,206, the net loss reported 
being 49,291 for the year. During the year only 10,590 exaltations were 
reported, being 6,085 less than for the preceding year." 

In his Review of Canada at Hamilton he speaks of our 75 
years of good work, of our distinguished visitors, of the 
history records reviewed by the Grand Z. and of the dedica- 
tions and consecrations despite the hard times. Of our Review 
he kindly says: — 

"It is preceded by an Analytical Index and this simple introduction: 
"Fraternally submitted in the interest of Masonic Education." 

"Any Chapter that is looking for something of an educational kind 
might well read the report in open Chapter. It would never be tiresome 
and would unfold a wonderful library of Masonic information and 

Under England we read: — 

"So far as Capitular Masonry in England is concerned 'the war is 
over' at last." 

Hail and Farewell! 

William Nisbet Ponton, P.G.Z. 
Belleville, Ontario, February, 1934. 

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